Can Artificial Intelligence Give Us Equal Justice?

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"It’s 'misleading and counterproductive' to block the use of machine-learning algorithms in the justice system on the grounds that some of them may be subject to racial bias, according to a forthcoming study in the American Criminal Law Review.

The use of artificial intelligence by judges, prosecutors, police and other justice authorities remains 'the best means to overcome the pervasive bias and discrimination that exists in all parts of the deeply flawed criminal justice system,' said the study.

Algorithmic systems are used in a variety of ways in the U.S. justice system in practices ranging from identifying and predicting crime “hot spots” to real-time surveillance....

The study authors concede that many of the algorithms are far from perfect, but they argue that dropping them altogether would remove an important counterweight to human fallibility."