Legal Profession Now Fairly Bristling With AI

Lawyers aren't letting any grass grow under their feet when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence in their profession. If Elon Musk is scared of it, it's worth looking into!

Still, Elon Musk has warned that AI is a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear weapons, but before we start worrying about how the robot lawyer uprising won’t be televised (it will happen slowly and quietly in the middle of night), we connected with Lane Lillquist, the co-founder and CTO of legal tech company InCloudCounsel, to give us his thoughts on what we need to fear and/or not fear when it comes to lawyer robots.

“AI’s application to the legal profession is very similar,” Lillquist explained. “It can make contract review more accurate, enable us to take a more data-driven approach to the practice of law and make the legal space overall more efficient.”

Lillquist sees robot lawyers, AKA artificial intelligence being used in the legal profession, akin to the simple tools that make everyday life easier and more productive, along the lines of spellcheck or autocorrect.

Science fiction fans have been saying "Oyez, oyez" for decades. In his 1990 novel Earth, David Brin writes about a lawyer program.

Greg Bear provides an amusing take on this idea with a "virtual counsel" named Max Detention from his recent novel Quantico:

The virtual counsel appeared to be about forty-five years old and prosperous. His eyes had a discerning expression and he exuded reassurance and confidence. "My provisional client is facing charges relating to an assault on two FBI agents..."

Via Observer.

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