The ability of technology to replace lawyers is no longer futuristic. Of course, B2C LegalZoom has been around for a while. You might have set up your LLC through that or another online legal service.
But all that is old stuff.
In The Atlantic, Jason Koebler presents real-life examples of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already solved traffic-ticket problems for 215,ooo. The locations are New York, Seattle and London. And no lawyer was needed. Called DoNotPay it was invented by teenager Joshua Browder.
Where fewer and fewer lawyers are needed is in those tedious tasks such as document review. That's because 10 law firms have hired Ross. He is a lawyer robot powered by IBM's Waston. More will. Ross is the type not to agitate that the firm match the Cravath bump ($180K starting salary for new lawyers.)
Also, not so many of the experienced lawyers will be called into pow-wows about strategy. Lex Machina, reports The Atlantic:
"... applies natural-language processing to millions of court decisions to find trends that can be used to a law firm's advantage."
Another company - Premoniton - does a statistical analysis of court verdicts. Based on that, it can predict the outcome of cases before they are argued in court.
Clearly, what all this technology means is that it is not only at the low end of the totem pole that robots will replace lawyers. That can also happen at the high end.
Will prospects be willing to pay the hefty fee of David Boies when AI could do much of the heavy lifting? To appear in court, which is still necessary, they can hire a lesser light. But, eventually, who knows, in court could be robot and a judge who is already depending on AI for matters such as sentencing.
Meanwhile, here is what the robots are up to in finance.
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