In this article, Type Media Center fellow Elie Mystal critiques Chief Justice John Roberts’ year-end report, which neglects pressing ethical concerns in the judiciary and instead focuses on the potential threat of AI replacing judges.


  • Misguided Focus: The overarching focus of this article is Roberts’ report’s lack of substance and failure to address pressing ethical concerns, with the report instead showing a clear lack of self-awareness.
  • Contradictory Arguments: Mystal notes that one of the main arguments Roberts uses against replacing judges with AI contradicts previous statements he has made about judicial impartiality during his confirmation process.
  • Human Biases: The article raises Mystal’s skepticism of the fairness of human judges, particularly those on the current Supreme Court, noting perceived biases and political influences against the justice on the country’s highest court.
  • Artificial Intelligence, Real Impartiality: Mystal argues that AI could potentially provide more impartial and rational decision-making than human judges are able to achieve, offering an option for criminal judgment that is free of biases and political affiliations.

Type Media Center’s Note

This article by our fellow Elie Mystal reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change.