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PREPARE for your class debate

Your teacher may provide additional expectations or clarification on how to prepare for your in-class debate.


Your teacher will randomly assign you to one of three teams, either the team supporting the use of AI in the justice system, the team opposing the use of AI in the justice system (people from this team can support the use of AI in the future, but they do not accept its use today), or the smaller team of judges. 


The debate will feature nine rounds; each with a different prompt that relates to an issue in the case. 


For each round, your teacher will randomly select one person from the pro-AI team and one person from the con-AI team. The two students selected will have two minutes to debate the prompt. Your teacher will act as the moderator, alternating which team starts each round, running the stopwatch, introducing the prompts and at times, intervening to ensure that both students have the opportunity to argue their point. 

After every round, each judge will be asked to select the team that better argued their point and provide one to two sentences supporting their decision. The team with the most votes from the judges win that round. This process will be repeated for all nine rounds; the team that wins five or more rounds will win the debate!


You do not know what team or round you will be assigned to until the debate. To prepare you should think about how someone supporting and opposing the use of AI in the justice system would respond to each prompt.

ROUND 1: Should AI and machine learning algorithms be allowed to assist decisions made in the justice system, today?

ROUND 2: One major reason why people are opposing the use of AI in the justice system is because there are very few guidelines in place. Therefore, we must focus on creating proper guidelines before AI can be used in court. Do you support this claim or not?

ROUND 3: In the Wisconsin v. Loomis case, the court used propriety software from a private company. Should courts be allowed to use products from private companies as part of their assessment?

ROUND 4: Given that machine learning algorithms are used in a criminal case, should the defendant be able to inspect and challenge the algorithms?

ROUND 5: Is it more likely for machine learning algorithms or humans to incorrectly judge and discriminate against defendants based on race, gender, nationality, etc.?

ROUND 6: What produces the best results for the justice system and society: machine learning algorithms making legal decisions, humans leveraging machine learning algorithms to aid in their decision making, or humans making legal decisions? 

ROUND 7: If it is proven that using AI in cases increases the likelihood that the best decision will be made, is it then acceptable to use AI even with very few guidelines in place?

ROUND 8: What do you think America's founding fathers would say about supporting the justice system with AI? (Let's assume that you have properly explained to them what AI is and how it could be used.)

ROUND 9: Would you rather be judged by a machine learning algorithm or a human judge? (This round you do not have to answer based on what group you are in.) 









for your class debate

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