On the path to AI
Law’s prophecies and the conceptual foundations of the machine learning age
Grant, Thomas D.
Wischik, Damon J.
This open access book explores machine learning and its impact on how we make sense of the world. It does so by bringing together two ‘revolutions’ in a surprising analogy: the revolution of machine learning, which has placed computing on the path to artificial intelligence, and the revolution in thinking about the law that was spurred by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr in the last two decades of the 19th century. Holmes reconceived law as prophecy based on experience, prefiguring the buzzwords of the machine learning age—prediction based on datasets. On the path to AI introduces readers to the key concepts of machine learning, discusses the potential applications and limitations of predictions generated by machines using data, and informs current debates amongst scholars, lawyers and policy makers on how it should be used and regulated wisely. Technologists will also find useful lessons learned from the last 120 years of legal grappling with accountability, explainability, and biased data.
KeywordsScience and Technology Studies; Human Geography; IT Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property; Artificial Intelligence; AI; Machine learning; artificial intelligence; 'big data'; probability theory; history of ideas; legal interpretation; Transhumanism; Futurism; Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr; Wendell Holmes Jr.; legal philosophy; machine bias; algorithmic bias; Open Access; Sociology; Human geography; Entertainment & media law; Artificial intelligence
Publication date and placeSingapore, 2020
Entertainment & media law