computer mapping of justice
Sentencing Software
Courts are exploring a new application of machine learning, using artificial intelligence to predict whether criminals will re-offend and basing sentencing on those predictions. At the moment this is being criticized as being inaccurate, but it is likely that it can become more accurate with more data. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using artificial intelligence to make such decisions? How might biases creep into what seems like an impartial decision because it is made by a machine? Is it more of a problem because in deep learning systems we don't know how the computer reached its conclusion? Who benefits and who is harmed by such a system? Should we improve and use this technology or is there a convincing moral argument against it?