US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has called for “caution and humility” in the face of the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the legal domain.

USA flags AI dangers for legal world

In an end-of-year review, Roberts acknowledged AI’s broad potential benefits, such as increased access to justice and more efficient legal research. But he also highlighted concerns, such as privacy issues and the wizardry’s potential shortcomings when it comes to navigating the many and complex nuances that play a part in human discretion. 

Roberts predicted that AI would significantly affect judicial work, particularly at the trial level, but emphasised the enduring need for human judges.

The comments come amid lower courts wrangling with the challenges posed by AI, including the generation of fictitious content or “hallucinations.” Roberts cited instances where AI-generated content has led to the inclusion of non-existent cases in court papers, and subsequently cautioned against such practices.

The report coincides with recent revelations that Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Donald Trump, inadvertently included fake case citations generated by an AI program in official court documents.

In response to the challenges, a federal appeals court in New Orleans has proposed a rule regulating the use of generative AI tools by lawyers. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ proposed rule would oblige lawyers to provide certification to demonstrate whether or not AI programs have been involved in drafting briefs, and ensure human oversight of AI-generated text for accuracy in court filings.

Know the risks

The balance between risks and opportunities in the rapidly evolving AI climate remains uncertain. But what’s clear is that organisations, whatever their size, need to understand best practice within AI so that it can be harnessed responsibly and in ways that prioritise privacy. 

The issues fall into focus at Global Privacy Day this January, when experts will debate the role of Artificial Intelligence in business communities around the world.

Key Session:

Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the B2B Realm

Date: Thursday, January 24th 2024

Time: 11:00am – 11:30am GMT

In the dynamic landscape of B2B interactions, the integration of AI has become increasingly pivotal. This session delves into the strategic management of AI within collaborative business environments.

Attendees will gain insights into best practices for overseeing AI implementation with external entities, ensuring seamless integration, compliance, and fostering fruitful partnerships.

The discussion will cover key considerations, challenges, and practical approaches to harnessing the potential of AI while maintaining effective collaboration in the B2B sector.

 Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the B2B Realm is just one of the exclusive sessions taking place at Global Privacy Day.

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Global Privacy Day

Taking place virtually on 25 January 2024, as part of Data Privacy Day, Global Privacy Day will bring together thought leaders and senior industry professionals to discuss the present landscape of data protection and privacy and the current and future challenges that professionals face.

This one-day event will provide a platform for attendees to network, exchange ideas, gain insight into the latest developments in the field of privacy, and the opportunity to discuss strategies and best practices to ensure the protection of data.

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