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Software has partially or fully displaced many former human activities, such as catching speeders or flying airplanes, and proven itself able to surpass humans in certain contests, like Chess and Jeopardy. What are the prospects for the displacement of human courts as the centerpiece of legal decision-making? Based on the case study of hate speech control on major tech platforms, particularly on Twitter and Facebook, this Essay suggests displacement of human courts remains a distant prospect, but suggests that hybrid machine – human systems are the predictable future of legal adjudication, and that there lies some hope in that combination, if done well.


Communications Law | Computer Law | Courts | Intellectual Property Law | Labor and Employment Law | Law | Marketing Law | Science and Technology Law


This article originally appeared in 119 Colum. L. Rev. 2001 (2019). Reprinted by permission.