There has been much speculation about the impact AI lawyers will have upon the legal profession. With many concerned about job security, others cast aspersions on the robots ability to do the job without error.
Accessible & Affordable.
From our research we believe that robot lawyers are likely to have little real impact on lawyers as a profession. Primarily the robot is aimed at those who do not qualify for receiving legal aid, or legal aid simply does not contend with that branch of law such as driving infractions. Many people fall into the chasm between those who can afford a lawyer and those who qualify for legal aid. Many of those people who have made a minor error cannot afford a real lawyer to represent themselves and are often penalized in a court of law for not being poor or wealthy enough to afford legal representation. The AI lawyer will assist those who would never have commissioned a lawyer to represent them in the first place. Robot Lawyers are making legal representation accessible where previously it would not have been affordable.
The introduction of cognitive computing to the legal profession is one of the first steps to revolutionizing the relationship between law and technology. There has been speculation that court will go online at some point in the future. The benefits of this shift would be far reaching. Minor matters could be resolved rapidly, unclogging a congested judiciary. The seismic shift also alters the perception of what court is; instead of being seen as a physical place, a court room can be seen as the function of delivering judgements on matters of law. If we are able to separate physicality and function this creates a great deal of room for change in how legal judgements are delivered.
Enthusiastic Uptake Of Robot Lawyers.
AI Lawyers are a relatively new phenomenon worldwide. The AI algorithm Rechtwijzer that is being used by Doogue O’Brien George originates in the Netherlands. The Dutch used cognitive computing for resolving family disputes and has been taken up by Canadian law firms for debt and tenancy matters. In the UK a brilliant young Stanford graduate has made an AI algorithm to deal with parking fines for everyday people. This has resulted in thousands of fines being overturned, a result likely if a real lawyer had taken the case. Again most people facing a traffic infringement would not use the services of a lawyer due to the expense, even though they may not have infringed parking laws. The cost of paying the fine will always be cheaper than hiring a lawyer to defend the infringement. This swings the attainment of justice more attainable to average people. Source: A.B.C. News
Robot Lawyers Are Emerging Technology.
IBM has created a thinking algorithm called Watson that is able to learn in a way similar to humans. This AI mechanism forms the basis of Ross, the first AI lawyer employed by a New York law firm Baker & Hostetler. Ross handles the firm’s bankruptcy practice. The firm is enthusiastically embracing cognitive computing and emerging technology.
AI Algorithms interact with us every day, they have become an integral part of the online landscape. If law firms do not embrace this change and begin to offer more affordable legal solutions based in emerging technology their relevancy will diminish and will be relegated to antiquity.