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Michael Chertoff appears on In AI We Trust Podcast in his role as an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence

In this podcast, In AI We Trust, by EqualAI, Chertoff Group Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Chertoff discusses the ways in which Artificial Intelligence is changing the legal landscape with co-panelist, Lucy Thompson, chair of the American Bar Association AI Task Force. The episode is co-hosted by EqualAI CEO Miriam Vogel and Karyn Temple, long-time EqualAI board member. Equal AI is a nonprofit organization, and a movement, focused on reducing unconscious bias in the development and use of artificial intelligence.

As defined in The Chertoff Group’s recent white paper on the topic, Chertoff breaks down the risks of Artificial Intelligence into three categories:

AI-related risks tend to fall into three categories:

1. The use of AI technologies as an instrumentality of threat activity, whether from criminals, state actors or disgruntled groups;

2. The malicious targeting of AI systems themselves; and

3. Unintended consequences associated with innocent use of AI technologies that can have profound political, economic, ethical and other potentially destabilizing effects.

Chertoff explained that AI will create new issues for regulatory bodies and those will have legal implications. It will affect the way cases are tried and evidence is presented. He discussed the need for watermarks or other embedded signs to ensure legitimacy of video evidence, as opposed to a “deep fake.” As AI gets better, it is a complicated issue to determine admissibility of video evidence. Watermarking is one possible solution where the law may get involved. There are also legal and ethical issues around how much lawyers can rely on AI to produce a brief.

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This week,  American Bar Association President Mary L. Smith announced the creation of the ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to examine the impact of AI on law practice and the ethical implications for lawyers. The task force will focus on emerging issues to help identify the potential implications and risks of AI and make sure AI is developed in a trustworthy and responsible manner.

The AI Task Force will explore:

  • Risks (bias, cybersecurity, privacy, and uses of AI such as spreading disinformation and undermining intellectual property protections) and how to mitigate them
  • Emergent issues with generative AI
  • Utilization of AI to increase access to justice
  • AI governance (the role of laws and regulations, industry standards, and best practices)
  • AI in legal education

The AI Task Force is chaired by Lucy L. Thomson, an attorney and cybersecurity engineer in Washington, D.C. Thomson is a past chair of the ABA Science & Technology Law Section (SciTech) and a founding member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.  The Vice Chairs of the AI Task Force are Cynthia Cwik, Laura Possessky, and James Sandman.

The AI Task Force includes Task Force members, an Advisory Council, and Special Advisors. It consists of lawyers and experts with deep technology and AI expertise.

The Special Advisors are thought leaders in law and technology and include:

  • Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group
  • Ivan Fong, former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Medtronic
  • Daniel Ho, member of the National AI Advisory Committee and William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
  • Michelle Lee, former undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and CEO and founder of Obsidian Strategies
  • Trooper Sanders, member of the National AI Advisory Committee and CEO of Benefits Data Trust
  • Miriam Vogel, chair of the National AI Advisory Committee and President and CEO of EqualAI
  • Seth Waxman, former U.S. solicitor general and partner, WilmerHale

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