Law as Neural Network
The purpose of law is to enable people to live together peacefully. However, the increasingly difficult access to affordable and comprehensible law undermines this purpose. Digital technologies accelerate the problem due to the unprecedented speed and scope of new challenges. Therefore, we need to focus on finding a strategy to transform law into an adaptable, dynamic computable form. Computable law that allows modern technologies to assist human intelligence at scale and pace.
The Liquid Legal Institute investigates the theory that an ecosystem of artificial neural networks might be such an ideal computable form of law. Like its biological model, an artificial neural network flexibly allows storage and connection of information on different levels and categories.
The crucial feature is the weighing of those connections. The weighing of interests is a human ability as it requires semantic understanding. An artificial neural network cannot perform this skill. But neural networks can reflect it in a computable way.
Thousands of years ago script changed the way law was communicated. Artificial neural networks might be the next step to make law accessible for everybody. Both strategies do not aim at the replacement of humans, but at supporting human intelligence.