23 February, 2024

US Attorney General Says There’s a New AI “SHERIFF” In Town at the Department of Justice


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Article By Devin Leonardi - CMO

Recent landmark developments within the Department of Justice (DOJ) promise to reshape the future of legal risks and the problem-solving required by legal professionals. The DOJ has officially appointed Princeton University professor, Jonathan Mayer, as its inaugural Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO) and Chief Science and Technology Adviser. This groundbreaking move not only aligns with the administration's recent AI executive order but also marks recognition of the significant concerns and opportunities the new life-changing technology has and will present.

Professor Mayer, with a distinguished background in computer science and law, brings a wealth of knowledge from his tenure at Princeton's computer science department and its School of Public and International Affairs. His dual expertise is set to spearhead the DOJ's efforts to navigate the complex landscape of emerging technologies, ensuring the agency remains at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation.

Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized the importance of this appointment, noting that the DOJ's mission is intricately linked to its capacity to adapt to the rapid advancements in science and technology. Mayer's role will be crucial in guiding the DOJ, including its law enforcement, and litigating components, grantmaking entities, and U.S. Attorneys' Offices, through the evolving challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies.

Under Mayer's leadership, the DOJ's Emerging Technology Board will play a pivotal role in coordinating AI and other emerging technologies across the agency. This includes overseeing an impressive portfolio of 15 AI use cases, ranging from machine translation services for the FBI to gunshot detection software for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This strategic enhancement of the DOJ's technological capabilities raises significant considerations for businesses and the legal community. As businesses across the globe continue to integrate AI technology into operations and service offerings, they open themselves up to a world of new and yet-to-be-identified legal risks. The integration of AI within litigation itself introduces new dynamics in strategies, potentially altering the landscape of lawsuit prosecution, defense, and dispute resolution. Just how legislation around these topics will pan out is unknown at the time, but it is clear with this appointment, that the U.S. government is taking the first steps toward regulation and oversight.

In response to these developments, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB) is poised to offer an innovative suite of legal services, spearheaded by Bryan Rotella, The AI Defense Lawyer(TM) and Managing Partner of GenCo Legal(R) a division of QPWB. Mr. Rotella commented on the recent development, "This appointment is the tip of the iceberg for government oversight and prosecution of A.I. The DOJ doesn't appoint a 'top A.I. cop' unless they are seeing a clear and present risk of misuse of the remarkable technology that is a threat to U.S. industries and the public at large."

Mr. Rotella further explained the importance of A.I. producers and utilizers emphasizing their commitment to a culture of safety. "A.I. is the technological advancement of all our lifetimes. It has amazing potential for good but also to have its use and judgments called into question in the most serious of circumstances. The best preventive legal medicine is establishing roles and policies that oversee and emphasize a commitment to ensure the technology's goal is to help humanity through its unprecedented efficiencies and problem-solving breakthroughs."

QPWB recognizes the transformative impact of AI on the legal industry and is committed to providing cutting-edge AI legal risk solutions. Our approach is designed to navigate the complexities of AI-driven legal challenges, ensuring our clients are not only protected but also ahead of the curve in leveraging technology for legal advantage.

As the legal landscape evolves with the advent of AI and emerging technologies, QPWB remains at the forefront, offering unparalleled expertise and strategic solutions. Our commitment to innovation and excellence positions us as the go-to legal partner in this new era of technological advancement, ready to defend and advance the interests of our clients in the face of unprecedented change.

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