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Don’t believe the AI hype

Martyn Wells separates the facts from the science fiction when it comes to the role of artificial technology in the legal sector

28 February 2017

You can barely read a legal technology article these days without some reference to artificial intelligence or machine learning. The terms have almost become interchangeable and there are some fantastic articles discussing how these technologies are going to disrupt the legal industry.

So let’s separate the science facts from the science fiction.

Artificial intelligence

I’ve asked three professors of artificial intelligence from leading UK universities for their definition of AI. So far the best answer is: ‘Every year we decide what it should be.’ It doesn’t really help.

In 1943, Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts produced a paper, ‘A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity’, which demonstrated how a Turing machine co...

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