Futurizonte Editor’s Note: We just published a story saying two out of three workers trust robots more than human managers. Perhaps, then, people will trust robot lawyers and judges more than human ones.
Original author and publication date: Harmon Leon – October 16, 2019
When you hear the phrase “robot lawyer,” what comes to mind?
My brain conjures up an image of C-3PO in a three-piece suit, shuffling around a courtroom, while throwing out cross-examination quips such as: “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of prosecuting witness grease!”
But that’s not exactly the case (yet).
Artificial intelligence (AI) is, in fact, becoming a mainstay component of the legal profession. In some circumstances, this analytics-crunching technology is using algorithms and machine learning to do work that was previously done by entry-level lawyers. (What does that say about entry-level lawyers?)
Apparently, AI robot lawyers are here—and they’re not going away.
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.