Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Sunday February 19, 2017

Lawyers Could Be Next Profession Replaced by Computers

Having your case argued by a robot seems totally absurd, but automation does make plenty of sense for many legal duties that include document gathering and contract work. I am actually a huge proponent of this for governmental responsibilities bound by statute such as FOIA requests. In some cases, you are forced to pay gathering, research, and redaction fees, when most of those tasks are, well, robotic, and should mostly be in a database anyway that can be easily accessed and edited virtually. Best of all, software would actually know the law: you would be surprised at how many people at a district attorney’s office would rather violate state statute than do a little paperwork.

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آ…blue collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk. The legal profession آ— tradition-bound and labor-heavy آ— is on the cusp of a transformation in which artificial-intelligence platforms dramatically affect how legal work gets done. Those platforms will mine documents for evidence that will be useful in litigation, to review and create contracts, raise red flags within companies to identify potential fraud and other misconduct or do legal research and perform due diligence before corporate acquisitions. Those are all tasks that آ— for the moment at least آ— are largely the responsibility of flesh-and-blood attorneys. Increasing automation of the legal industry promises to increase efficiency and save clients money, but could also cut jobs in the sector as the technology becomes responsible for tasks currently performed by humans.