SSCL event: Robot judges – will AI make judges and lawyers redundant? - Tuesday 5 December 2017, Edinburgh

When: 05/12/17
Code: 1 hour (for Scottish Solicitors and Advocates)

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A meeting of the Scottish SCL - free to attend and open to all

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017
Time: 6.00 - 7.00 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm) AGM followed by seminar
Venue: Burness Paull, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9WJ Map

Speaker: Iain G Mitchell QC

We are becoming increasingly familiar with the use of Artificial Intelligence to increase efficiency in labour-intensive tasks such as the searching of vast numbers of documents in complex commercial cases in order to find critical evidence, whether to deploy in Proofs or to satisfy requirements for Recovery of Documents. 

However, intelligent systems are becoming ever more sophisticated with the creation of case-prediction software, Go-winning programs and the conferral of Saudi citizenship on Sophia, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics. The step-change from existing Online Dispute Resolution systems is already under way. 

In this talk, Iain looks at the increasing pace of development of AI, advances in the field of neurobiology, and the writings of Philip K. Dick and others to ask whether we might soon be entering the age of the robot judge. 

This talk is an updated version of a talk Iain gave in October at the German Legal Tech Conference in Frankfurt.

Attendance at this meeting is free of charge and open to all. Please email to book a place

Speaker's Details: Iain G. Mitchell QC, the Chairman of SSCL, is also Chairman of the CCBE Working party on Surveillance and a member of a small working party of the Bar Council of England and Wales looking at these issues. As such, he has been heavily involved in CCBE lobbying of the Council, the Commission, the Council of Europe, national governments, and the NSA in the United States, as well as the CCBE interventions in the Praaken d'Olivera case and in the judicial review of the French Surveillance Legislation, amongst others. He has also helped in the formulation of Bar Council policy in relation to the legislation currently proposed in the UK.

Please note: The SSCL AGM immediately precedes this event at 6.00 pm. The AGM is only open to SSCL members

Administration notes
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