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The ‘AI Lawyer’

The 'AI Lawyer'

Tuesday 14th November 2017
Sonny Welsh

The 'AI Lawyer'

The term 'AI' is banded around so much nowadays that you would think that we have already been taken over by robots. Fortunately, it is not the case just yet.

We have all seen those BBC's 'Tomorrows World' programs in the 90's; The scary looking humanoid robots - threatening to walk, surrounded by a team of Japanese scientist with all kinds of computers and wires. Then, like the dampest squib possible, the robot proceeds to hop, shudder and then fall over - whilst the same scientists swarm the robot beast, now lay on the ground, trying to salvage their work and their pride.

Fast forward 20-odd years, the same kinds of people are now trumpeting 'AI' as the second coming to all of life's problems. Never mind the warnings from people, such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, that 'AI' could spell the end of the human race - onward with the vision for the future.

Fresh from the failures of the most intelligent minds at Facebook and Google; the Legal sector has stepped forward to try its hand at 'AI'. I can see them now, with their computers and wires......

Watch this space for more sarcasm; however my prediction for the future is 1 of these 3:

i) Total failure. Facebook Chatbots have, so far, been less than 30% successful in being able to give answers to the simplest questions. This is likely to be more difficult when the same bots are faced with simple legal queries.
ii) Total success. Everyone in the legal professional loses their job, and every legal situation is modelled around coding rather than legal or advocacy abilities.
iii) Terminator 2 Judgement Day. Everyone loses their job, and dies.

Until one of these becomes reality, we will keep working in Legal Costs drafting our Detailed Bills, our Precedent H Budgets and Negotiating with humans.