Are Lawyers Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

“Artificial Intelligence is a means of designing a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that will maximize its success.”
-Tom Mighell.

Developments in Big Data, machine learning, IBM Watson, and other advancements in technology have brought back the cyclical discussion of what artificial intelligence might mean for lawyers. Has anything really changed, or have we just reached another round of the AI debate?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell analyze recent discussions about artificial intelligence and lawyers, try to separate myth from reality, and ponder whether AI can take over the work of lawyers. Together, they discuss the definition of AI, robotics, Technology Assisted Review, driverless cars, document assembly software, LegalZoom and how lawyers are assisted or threatened by these technologies. Dennis points out that lawyers are often worried about computer system mistakes but comfortable with the lower success rate of humans. Tom aptly explains that comfort in certain technologies stems from psychological acceptance.

In the second half of the podcast, Dennis and Tom revisit traveling with technology. As Dennis was just in Europe, and Tom is headed there soon, they talk about wireless routers, mobile wifi, headphones, phone chargers, backpacks, and the other various technology necessities to bring on your vacation. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

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  • RAVN Systems

    In our opinion law firms are definitely ready for AI technology. RAVN are in fact working with some of the top law firms in the UK to implement a technology that can read, interpret, extract and summarise information from unstructured content into a desired business output. Junior Associates used to carry out this data extraction task manually and now they are able to focus on more productive, billable work. They no longer have to hire temp staff to meet short deadlines and the data output is achieved far more efficiently and with far less errors.

  • Right as technology is moving faster law firms are also getting ready for entering AI technology world.