Research and Scholarship
Rulemaking Ex Machina, 117 Colum. L. Rev. 202 (2017)
Emerging technologies promise to expedite administrative rulemaking by analyzing public input through computerized natural language rather than clunky, old human brains. Moving far beyond software that keyword searches and deduplicates content, natural language processing (as a type of predictive coding) employs artificial intelligence that adapts and modulates depending on inputs, rendering it fluid and dynamic. With the current concerted push to streamline agencies, the question of how and when to use automation in rulemaking will likely be decided in the next year.