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Law in the Future

6 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2016  

Benjamin Alarie

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Anthony Niblett

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Albert Yoon

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 31, 2016

Abstract

The set of tasks and activities in which humans are strictly superior to computers is becoming vanishingly small. Machines today are not only performing mechanical or manual tasks once performed by humans, they are also performing thinking tasks, where it was long believed that human judgment was indispensable. From self-driving cars to self-flying planes; and from robots performing surgery on a pig to artificially intelligent personal assistants, so much of what was once unimaginable is now reality. But this is just the beginning of the big data and artificial intelligence revolution. Technology continues to improve at an exponential rate. How will the big data and artificial intelligence revolutions affect law? We hypothesize that the growth of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will have important effects that will fundamentally change the way law is made, learned, followed, and practiced. It will have an impact on all facets of the law, from the production of micro-directives to the way citizens learn of their legal obligations. These changes will present significant challenges to human lawmakers, judges, and lawyers. While we do not attempt to address all these challenges, we offer a short and positive preview of the future of law: a world of self-driving law, of legal singularity, and of the democratization of the law.

Keywords: future, singularity, law

Suggested Citation

Alarie, Benjamin and Niblett, Anthony and Yoon, Albert, Law in the Future (May 31, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2787473

Benjamin Alarie

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Anthony Niblett (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
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Albert Yoon

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
Canada

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