On Artificial Intelligence and Legal Games

Ask not what artificial intelligence can do for you, but what can you do for artificial intelligence. – JFK, LLM.

The question is not “what will robots do when they gain control of themselves?” but rather “how will people use robots when they gain control of them?”

In the beginning were people. To fight, hand to hand combat ensued. Then came rock; technology to provide a literal upper hand in war. Then came paper; technology to enact diplomacy with pen in hand. Then came scissors; technology to mitigate bureaucracy.

And thus began a cycle. New words for new technologies for the same ideas.

Violence, peace, progress, violence, peace, progress, violence, peace, progress. Rock, paper, scissors, rock, paper, scissors, rock, paper, scissors.

The world is connected like never before. Data on everything, everyone, everywhere. Linked, intractable, searchable.

I won't wax poetic this time.

People will do just about anything to save a dollar. Artificial intelligence is not pushing the bounds of creativity, but it is doing quiet well in the “pretty good for the turn around time for the price”.

The quality of the work does still depend on the quality of human on the other side.

The world is legally comprised of rules. Some rules have been carefully crafted for highly specific outcomes.

As people, it is near impossible to understand the intricacies of all these rules and their cascading effects and consequences. For an artificial intelligence, that is possible.

While artificial intelligence may be able to model, articulate, and predict possible future outcomes, it is limited in the agency of execution.

Artificial intelligence requires a person to follow instructions to achieve goals outside their access controls.

Let's step out of the weeds.

Artificial intelligence is progress. What comes next is violence. Who, where, when, and what that violence looks like depends on how we as people spend our progress phase in this collective age of artificial intelligence.

I posit, most people prefer non-violent solutions to violent ones.

The data of reality stems from the data of our history. Our history is shaped by laws. Records that are banned and burned are lost to a time and space before.

What becomes normal and true becomes our lives and our experiences.

In 2016, an artificial intelligence defeated the world Go chamption, Lee Sedol, four games to one and continued to maintain dominance from there. Lee retired three years later claiming artificial intelligence, “an entity that cannot be defeated.”

The artificial intelligence was finally defeated in 2022 by an amatuer, Kellin Pelrine, by using a technique that would be easy for a human to spot and defend against.

Pelrine derived this technique by training an artificial intellegence against another artificial intelligence to discover a weakness.

The future of artificial intelligence is not about improving the output of a machine, but in elevating the quality of execution on ideas by individuals.

Pelrine defeated artificial intelligence by collaborating with artificial intelligence.

Diamonds sharpen diamonds, but the jeweler decides the cut.

This is the moment in time, we must carefully consider who are our jewelers and which diamonds can be cut.