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Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020 - Evening Program
When Machines can be Judge, Jury, and Executioner: AI and Justice
Katherine Forrest P'22

Can artificial intelligence dispense real justice? Today, AI is used in policing, criminal investigations, at trial, by judges in sentencing, and in targeting terrorists. But what are the inherent risks and potential benefits of delegating justice to machines? What theory of justice are we teaching the machines to use? And who, if anyone, has chosen that theory? The Honorable (fmr.) Katherine Forrest P’22, a lawyer, former U.S. District judge, and technology writer, explores these complex issues and urges a national conversation on AI, justice, and liberty.

Katherine B. Forrest P '22 is a partner in Cravath’s litigation department. She most recently served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and was the former deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the course of her career, Forrest has been regarded as a leader in legal issues relating to technology, including the digital environment, big data, and artificial intelligence. She regularly speaks on these topics and has a forthcoming book on artificial intelligence and justice issues. Forrest is a regular technology columnist for the New York Law Journal (“NYLJ”), and recently authored a chapter on emerging issues in copyright law and artificial intelligence in The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines.

Forrest received a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from NYU School of Law where she co-teaches a course on Quantitative Methods and the Law.

Ms. Forrest is the featured speaker for CMC’s 2020 Family Weekend.


Food for Thought: Podcast with Katherine Forrest P'22

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