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dc.contributor.authorDeakin, Simon
dc.contributor.authorMarkou, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-14T00:31:13Z
dc.date.available2021-12-14T00:31:13Z
dc.identifier.issn2736-4321
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/331377
dc.description.abstractWe approach the issue of interpretability in AI and law through the lens of evolutionary theory. Evolution is understood as a form of blind or mindless ‘direct fitting’, an iterative process through which a system and its environment are mutually constituted and aligned. The core case is natural selection as described in biology, but it is not the only one. Legal reasoning can be understood as a step in the ‘direct fitting’ of law, through a cycle of variation, selection and retention, to its social context. Machine learning, in so far as it relies on error correction through backpropagation, is a version of the same process. It may therefore have value for understanding the long-run dynamics of legal and social change. This is distinct, however, from any use it may have in predicting case outcomes. Legal interpretation in the context of the individual or instant case depends upon the generative power of natural language to extrapolate from existing precedents to novel fact situations. This type of prospective or forward-looking reasoning is unlikely to be well captured by machine learning approaches.
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dc.titleEvolutionary Interpretation: Law and Machine Learning
dc.typeArticle
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty of Law
dc.date.updated2021-12-10T20:09:49Z
prism.publicationNameJournal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.78828
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-11-30
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dc.contributor.orcidDeakin, Simon [0000-0002-1725-5216]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idESRC (ES/T006315/1)
pubs.funder-project-idLeverhulme Trust (101017088)
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cam.depositDate2021-12-10
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rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2100-01-01


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