This evening event at Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, brings together three prominent experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and law for a conversation around current developments in these areas, followed by an opportunity for the audience to engage and ask questions. Chrissie Lightfoot is a prominent international legal figure, an entrepreneur, a legal futurist, legaltech investor, writer, international keynote speaker, legal and business commentator (quoted periodically in The Times and FT), solicitor (non-practising), Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster School of Law, and author of best-seller The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow s Naked Lawyer. Chair: Dr Paresh Kathrani is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Westminster Law School and a member of the Centre on the Legal Profession. He has written on the challenges that AI will bring for the legal profession and chaired a panel on artificial intelligence at Westminster Law School in 2015, as well as an AI film and debate series for the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture, of which he is also a member, in 2016.
Executives must become familiar with interacting with data scientists and must know how to leverage analytics to see new business opportunities, according to Shawn Mankad, assistant professor at Cornell University's College of Business, who teaches multiple courses on data science to MBAs. At Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, a 10-week elective course on human and machine learning will run in April. Using sophisticated programs like IBM's Deep Blue and Google's AlphaGo, the course aims to teach MBAs to apply human and machine partnerships to grow businesses. At London Business School, Lynda Gratton, a professor of management practice who runs a one-week course on AI, is focusing on the so-called "soft skills" such as negotiation and creativity, which are unlikely to be best performed by machines.
At Harvard Business School (HBS), MBA students are pondering a future when robots rule the road. The pioneers of the driverless car movement -- such as Google and Tesla -- are mapping the MBAs a future in which artificial intelligence and robotics will likely impact the entire job market and global economy.
Its creation comes on the heels of a 2014 analysis that predicted artificial intelligence will cause "structural collapse" of law firms by 2030. "Computers can replace human labor -- the work lawyers do for discovery -- and this will have an impact on the number of associates hired," University of Tennessee Professor of Law Benjamin Barton told The College Fix in a telephone interview. On the bright side, the introduction of AI technologies has the potential to save only the most interesting work for the human lawyers -- and save middle class Americans money when they seek legal counsel, he said. "Having a human do legal work is really expensive, even for middle class people," Barton told The College Fix.