One of the best sessions at the SRLN 2018 conference in San Francisco in February was one on AI, Ethics, and Decision-making. Speaking at it were Angie Tripp, Jonathan Pyle, and Abhijeet Chavan. They raised difficult, necessary questions about how courts are currently purchasing and deploying automated decision making tools.
The most prominent of these are in pretrial services — deciding if criminal defendants should be released or not, or how bail should be set — but they are also being introduced with online dispute resolution systems, with compensation systems, and with other automated decisions about cases being made.
The big takeaway: We need more work to define what values should be baked into these tools, and we need more ways to evaluate what impact these tools are having on people, community, and justice.