The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Law

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Artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives. The technology has the potential to improve the way we do everything, from driving to shopping and even finding love. But as we embrace AI, there are many ethical questions that arise. In this article, Wade Kricken will explore what artificial intelligence is and how it works, as well as discuss how AI is used in law and some of the advantages and challenges posed by using AI in this field.

What is AI?

“Artificial intelligence” is the umbrella term for a wide range of technologies that enable computers to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. These include machine learning, deep learning and other forms of artificial neural networks.

AI can be applied to anything from helping doctors diagnose diseases more accurately than humans could alone; to assisting lawyers in preparing court cases; to making better financial decisions on behalf of consumers and businesses alike.

How does AI work?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer program that can learn from past experiences and make decisions. AI uses algorithms to make its decisions, which means it follows a set of rules to determine the best solution for a problem.

AI uses machine learning to improve its performance over time. This means that as you give your AI system more data about past situations, it will be able to predict what will happen in similar situations in the future with greater accuracy than before it learned those lessons from experience.

How is AI being used in law?

AI is being used in law to help with legal research, as well as for legal discovery.

Legal research refers to the process of finding relevant court cases and other documents that may be useful in making your argument. For example, if you wanted to know whether a particular case applies in your situation, then you would need to do some legal research first before making that determination on its own merits.

AI has been helping lawyers with this task since 2011 when Westlaw introduced its “Lexis Advance” system which uses natural language processing algorithms (NLP) developed by IBM Watson technology.[1][2] NLP allows users who speak English as second languages or who have difficulty reading complex legal documents because they speak another language altogether access these materials more easily than ever before!

What are the advantages of using AI in law?

The advantages of using AI in law include:

  • AI is faster and cheaper than human lawyers.
  • AI can be used for repetitive tasks, such as reviewing documents or conducting research on a specific topic.
  • The ability of some AIs to predict outcomes based on past cases and other relevant data will allow them to make decisions more quickly than humans can, even if those decisions are not always right (yet).


Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can be used to make our lives better. It also has many potential ethical concerns, but these can be mitigated by careful regulation and oversight. The most important thing we can do now is educate ourselves on how AI works so we can make informed decisions about how it should be used in law.

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