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Embracing AI and other fantastic beasts

While the full capabilities of AI have not yet been realised, Rohit Talwar and Steve Wells explore some of the areas where firms have started to implement the technology and what could be next

14 March 2017

Legal circles are abuzz with talk of artificial intelligence and its potential to transform the sector, generate market opportunities, replace lawyers with machines, or simply be the next over-egged technology that fails to deliver on its early promise and marketing hype.

The sad but honest truth is that much of the debate is ill informed – it’s very hard to discuss something if you know nothing about it. While no self-respecting legal professional would give advice on a domain without making sure they had researched the relevant legal factors, many have no such qualms about entering fact-free debates on AI’s potential impact. It’s time to deepen our learning about what’s here and what’s next.

The goal of AI is to replicate a range of functions associated with human intelligence like planning, reasoning, dedu...

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