The big news in the law business over the last week was the “hiring ” by a law firm of a robot named ROSS to assist in bankruptcy cases. ROSS is powered by IBM’s Watson technology and is being marketed as “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney.”
What does this mean for lawyers across the country? Will robots eventually take our jobs?
I can’t imagine a day where a “robot lawyer” will try a case to a jury, but I can certainly see a robot taking over some of the more document intensive aspects of the practice of law and, in fact, they already are.
But are there ethical concerns of using robots or artificial intelligence in place of real life lawyers?
An article by Michelle Silverthorn lays out some of those concerns. Silverthorn concludes by saying that the robots are on the way and asks “where should we as a legal profession stand when they arrive?”