[ExI] AI Lawyer now employed

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sun May 15 08:46:08 UTC 2016

On 2016-05-15 01:12, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> Looks like research lawyers will be looking for new employment now.
> How soon till Watson replaces judges?

Judging at its core has a representative function rather than a 
cognitive function. Also, common sense and clear explanations of the 
foundations of a decision, which is relatively hard for Watson-like 
systems to do reliabily, is a key part of being a reliable judge - that 
will likely take a fair bit of future work to get.

Law is getting transformed by AI, but it seeps in through automating the 
legal search and analysis rather than decisionmaking. Paralegals are in 
trouble, but lawyers have hard to automate social skills.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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