We have made the difficult decision to shut down operations at ROSS Intelligence. As of Monday of this week, we have no longer been accepting new customers. As of January 31, 2021, the ROSS platform will no longer be available. Between now and then, our priority is to help our current customers transition to other services. Six years ago, we set out to make legal services more accessible by innovating legal research. We felt then, as we do today, that legal research could be more efficient, less expensive, and more accessible.
Uber has killed off taxi service--it is a dying industry. AIRBNB is taking market share from hotels and motels--which is why lobbyists are swarming city hall to create regulations to make it more expensive and less available for property owners to use their private property. Fast food places are introducing robots to produce food, kiosks to take orders and payments. Hospitals are using robots to sanitize rooms and agriculture is developing driverless tractors. Now the legal profession is being hit is computer disruption.
As 2019 winds down, Legal Current is revisiting milestones and key accomplishments from the Legal business of Thomson Reuters this year. Today, we look at the impact of the Westlaw Edge Quick Check launch. In July, Westlaw Edge Quick Check became the latest addition to the Westlaw Edge legal research suite. The sophisticated artificial intelligence-based lawyer work product review and analysis tool allows Westlaw Edge users to quickly and securely review motions, briefs or text with citations to instill more confidence in their legal research and ensure they have not missed anything important. The launch earned praise from leading legal industry influencers, including TechLaw Crossroads' Steve Embry, who noted: "The beauty of the product lies, of course, in Westlaw's massive data base of cases and authorities.
A good friend recently told me that it takes a special kind of nerd to appreciate what Google's AlphaGo did to international Go champion Lee Sedol: a nerd that is both a Go nerd and a computer nerd. For Go nerdiness, I am recently enamored with the massively complex game that has exponentially more outcomes and dimensions than chess. As for the tech nerdiness, many of us assumed that after DeepBlue beat Kasparov in chess, any other game was a foregone conclusion. But actually, it's taken twenty years for a computer to rise to the level of top-ranked Go players, because high-level Go incorporates less calculation of a limited set of future outcomes and far more intuition. Challenges like this are not just an interesting competition.
Thursday, Thomson Reuters launched Westlaw Edge, an updated, artificial intelligence-assisted legal research platform. The updates include new warnings for invalid or questionable law, litigation analytics, a tool to analyze statutory changes and an improved AI-enhanced search called WestSearch Plus. Wednesday, Thomson Reuters hosted a group of journalists at its Times Square office to demo and illustrate the new version of Westlaw. "We're swinging for the fences, we're going after harder problems," said Mike Dahn, senior vice president of Westlaw product management. Company representatives would not disclose the cost of the new offering.