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IBL Center Faculty Speaker Series: Prof. Paul Gowder

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Boyd Law Building , 245
130 Byington Road, Iowa City, IA 52246

The IBL Center Faculty Lecture Series will present Professor Paul Gowder speaking on machine learning and jurisprudence in a talk entitled: "Is Legal CognitionComputational? (When Will DeepVehicle Replace Judge Hercules?)"

Could we insert machine learning into the adjudicative process? This talk considers the extent of the isomorphism between common-law reasoning from prior cases and machine learning reasoning from prior observations, as well as the normative considerations governing any such use. It ultimately concludes that we could use machine learning models to assist judges in reasoning about some questions of law, but only in the context of an  ordinary legal process regulating both the use and the forms of such models. Ultimately, machine learning would be less likely to replace judicial reasoning and legal argument than to move it around.

Please join us in BLB Room 245.  Lunch will be available.

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