One thing that shows like “Law & Order” don’t tell you about being a lawyer is the staggering amount of notes, articles, case files, and case precedents that go into the job. Some of the higher ranking lawyers will generally hire newbie lawyers to go through everything to give them ammunition for their case in court, which can leave just about anyone contemplating their life choices.
That is, until now.
The century-old law firm BakerHostetler has officially hired its first “digital attorney,” an artificially intelligent legal researcher named ROSS—an unprecedented move that could have enormous benefits.
According to its website, ROSS can provide users with a highly relevant answer (instead of thousands of semi-relevant results), it can monitor the law for changes and new precedents that could affect the case, and it learns how to give more efficient results the more it is used.
The co-founder of ROSS intelligence, Andrew Arruda, said that a handful of other law firms have expressed serious interest in hiring their own ROSS.
The chief information officer at BakerHostetler, Bob Craig, released a statement saying that the firm believes “emerging technologies like cognitive computing and other forms of machine learning can help enhance the services we deliver to our clients.”
ROSS is technically not able to take on cases alone and is unable to put together cases, so calling this technology an “attorney” might be a bit of a stretch. Still, this innovative technology is not only convenient but much-desired—this could mean that young attorneys are slowly replaced by machines. It’s impossible to say, but there is a chance.
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