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Learning to love the machine

Computers can help reduce the cost of processes and unlock matters that would otherwise not have proceeded, says Daniel Sutherland

25 October 2016

A recent report by US technology company CenturyLink asked 200 senior IT decision-makers - 100 from the legal sector and 100 from other sectors - about their use of AI.

It found that, perhaps surprisingly, far more respondents in the legal sector use machine learning and predictive coding than respondents outside of the legal sector. With artificial intelligence, lawyers seem to be confounding their reputation for being late to the party when it comes to innovative technology.

The reputation of lawyers as luddites may never have been particularly well-deserved. From BlackBerrys to cloud computing, lawyers have invested where it has been clear that a return can be made. Lawyers can hardly be blamed that the institutions with which they interface on beha...

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