The rise of the robots has plagued the imagination of science-fiction since its inception. Whether it involved Asimov's three rules of robotics or the time travelling robotic psychopaths in the Terminator franchise, the world has worried about the role of robotics. The world has prepared itself for the robotic invasion with many low skilled jobs in retail, customer services and industrial industries like factories all replacing humans with robotic counterparts to some extent; many of which improve efficiency, productivity and costs. Shockingly, San Francisco-based company, Atrium, believe that robots have the potential to supersede and complete the job of some high-paid legal service workers. As young as 14 months, Atrium, along with the $65 million investments from adventure capitalists, are set to revolutionise the legal sector by using artificial intelligence to work alongside legal service professionals, and in some cases, replace them.
Clients are demanding more efficient and improved delivery of legal services. Automation opportunities that were previously limited are now a reality based on robust pattern recognition, in documents in particular. Artificial Intelligence is fast becoming a game changer in the delivery of legal services across multiple disciplines.
There's been lots of talk during the past week about how artificial intelligence–the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence–is impacting the legal profession and the delivery of services. I saved the following to read later and thought our readers would also find them interesting. How AI is transforming the legal profession. How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession, ABA Journal – "Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients. Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology.
In the basement of the Cal State Northridge library on a recent weekend, attorney Julia Vazquez was giving one student a speech she has practiced a lot lately. "This goes over your rights to remain silent and to ask for a warrant before anyone comes inside," she said, gesturing at a red card she instructed the student to put into his wallet. "The No. 1 thing I tell people is do not speak without an attorney." Vazquez, an immigration law professor at Southwestern Law School, and several other volunteer attorneys were holding a legal clinic for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, created by President Obama in 2012, enables young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain work authorization and receive a temporary reprieve from deportation.
Americans owe their fundamental right to legal counsel in criminal cases to a drifter who was buried in an unmarked grave. Clarence Gideon was accused of stealing beer, wine, and soda, and five bucks from a cigarette machine and $60 from a jukebox at a bar in 1961. Denied a lawyer by a judge and too poor to afford one, Gideon defended himself in court and lost. He was convicted of breaking and entering and grand larceny, and received five years in prison. He hit the books in the prison library and realized he was robbed of his Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and wrote, in pencil, on prison stationery, to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren about his case.