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    The Intel on Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Delivery of Legal Services


      There’s been lots of talk during the past week about how artificial intelligence–the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence–is impacting the legal profession and the delivery of services. I saved the following to read later and thought our readers would also find them interesting.

      How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession, ABA Journal – “Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients. Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology. It is the next great hope that will revolutionize the legal profession.”

      Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016, White Paper, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute – “Artificial intelligence is hard at work in the law — for example, in legal research, ediscovery, compliance, contract analysis, case prediction and document automation — though often there is no “AI Inside” label on the box.”

      Why embracing artificial intelligence is in your law practice’s best interests, Podcast, ABA Journal – “Artificial intelligence has long been a tool for lawyers to perform their tasks more efficiently. However, the technology has advanced to the point where computers can now perform many of the tasks that were once the exclusive domain of humans.”

      Artificial intelligence impacts legal profession, The Tennessean – “Attorneys are used to performing many hours of legal research and document analysis in complex cases. The nuances of legal specializations ranging from litigation to immigration can take years to master. Much of that work can now be done in mere minutes through AI programs like ROSS, the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney, which is layered on Watson’s framework. Other lawyers are using AI in many different applications to work through voluminous paperwork associated with legal actions.”

      Can Computers Beat Humans At Law? Above the Law – “Cognitive computing does not replace the capabilities of the human brain. There’s a lot of hype and hyperbole about this. But it may make an attorney more efficient. And to the extent attorneys perceive a threat to their practice, it may be because there’s been an inefficiency there.” When you look at AI and the law from that perspective, there is no fearsome force coming for us. There is only a formidable force that’s coming with us, to work alongside us.

      Don’t fear AI, says tech chief – it will mean there are more lawyers in the future, Legal Futures – “We use technology, some of it AI, to drive down the cost of legal services so people who are artificially cut off by the law can get the help they need…Only a lawyer can unpick a complicated legal issue and provide the right legal advice. You guys are not going anywhere. You’re not going to be replaced by AI.”

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