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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Reyes on AI and Criminal Justice

Carla Reyes (Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law) has posted Emerging Technology’s Language Wars: AI and Criminal Justice (Journal of Law & Innovation (2022 Forthcoming)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Work at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence systems (AI systems) and criminal justice suffers from a distinct linguistic disadvantage. As a highly interdisciplinary area of inquiry, researchers, law-makers, software developers, engineers, judges, and the public all talk past each other, using the same words, but as different terms of art. Evidence of these language wars largely derives from anecdote. To better assess the nature and scope of the problem, this Article uses corpus linguistics to reveal the inherent value conflicts embedded in definitional differences and debates. Doing so offers a tool for reconciling specific linguistic ambiguities before they are embedded in law and ensures more effective communication of the technical pre-requisites for AI systems that, by design, seek to achieve their intended purpose while also upholding core democratic values in the criminal justice system.

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