Tim Wu, guest-blogging at Lessig Blog, wonders if "certain members of the federal judiciary [are] actually highly intelligent robots?". I think the answer is clearly no. Even presuming the existence of "strong" artificial intelligence (which I do not believe in), building such an AI into robotic form would serve little purpose. To the best of my knowledge, federal judges don't do anything other than write long boring papers, so there's no real need for them to have bodies at all. If some federal judges are artificial intelligences rather than humans, they're probably contained in traditional computer-shaped forms, rather than in complicated robots.