A.I – A Lawyers Friend or Foe

Will A.I Replace lawyers

The latest buzz words in the eDiscovery market is ‘Artificial Intelligence’, or A.I as it’s more commonly known.
The current question on the legal fraternity’s mind are robots going to replace us? The same questions were asked about predictive coding and analytics tools when they came on the scene. The answer will be the same this time round for A.I, no.

Good lawyers can offer their clients insight and wisdom, intuition and judgement that a computer cannot provide, at this moment in time at least. Advanced technology such as this will change the way law firms and lawyers work however.

These types of solutions will be good at replacing the more mechanical and automated processes of a lawyer’s day to day job, freeing them to do the more complicated and sophisticated aspects. I believe that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Technology will help lawyers work more efficiently and effectively.

A.I has been around for a while now, enhancing the eDiscovery process, in the form of technology-assisted review. TAR, along with standard features like threading, batching, and encryption, gives solutions like Relativity all the functionality that lawyers need to fulfil their obligations around discovery. We are now seeing it move into new areas apart from eDiscovery such as for information governance and contract review.

There is no doubt that Machine Learning is going to drive a major paradigm shift in the Information Technology Operations Analytics and Automation market, just like it is doing in the eDiscovery and Information Governance markets.For today’s IT Big Data challenges, machine learning can help teams unlock the value hidden in huge volumes of operations data, reducing the time to find and diagnose issues.

Machine learning can be applied to solve hard problems, such as credit card fraud detection, face detection and recognition, and even enable self-driving cars. From the legal perspective, we can see it being rolled out by law firms for things such as contract review, case law information decisions and coding decisions.

Ultimately, artificial intelligence will not and does not replace lawyerly intelligence. Lawyers will make the final decision over how to proceed in each case or transaction. But if A.I can at least help those lawyers make better, more informed decisions, whilst taking away the more repetitive or monotonous tasks, it should be welcomed with open arms.

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