by the Editors
In late March, Wired ran an eye-catching story, “Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks so.” It seems that the Baltic nation hired a Ph.D. student to oversee the nation’s push toward AI. Described as the most ambitious of the student’s projects is the design of a robot judge to decide small claims (less than €7000). As planned, the pilot will focus on contract disputes, with the parties uploading their documents and other relevant information to be “judged” by the AI (with an appeal to humans(s)). Citing among other things, constitutional due process, a Stanford “expert in digital governance” opines that robo-judges will not soon be coming to US courtrooms. As usual, time will tell.