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<i>Former U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York.</i> Katherine Forrest.

AI has been waiting for its big moment—the moment when it would touch the lives of most Americans beyond what we all unthinkingly use in our cellphones with Siri, Google maps, automatic scene recognition in a cellphone’s camera, or the apps that save battery life, etc. Its big day has arrived with the multifront war against COVID-19. AI’s broad use in the fight against COVID-19 highlights largely unrecognized civil liberty issues. Yes, we want AI’s help—but no, there is no “health care crisis” exception to constitutional rights. (A similar point applies to a variety of executive actions taken in the name of COVID; here my focus is specifically on AI.)

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