Why lawyers shouldn’t be afraid of tech tools

The Australian - - LEGAL AFFAIRS -

Ap­ply­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to the prac­tice of law is a con­cept that might cause some lawyers to feel slightly queasy. Here’s some ca­reer ad­vice: get over it.

Those who re­sist the rise of au­to­mated sys­tems and tech tools such as ma­chine learn­ing need to re­mem­ber the fate of those who once looked down their noses at new­fan­gled con­cepts like email and thought com­put­ers were for sup­port staff. Re­mem­ber them?

Lyria Ben­nett Moses, who is one of the speak­ers at to­day’s con­fer­ence, be­lieves one rem­edy for tech pho­bia is to sim­ply avoid the term “ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence” and fo­cus on the au­to­mated tools and soft­ware prod­ucts that are low­er­ing the cost of le­gal prac­tice and im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency.

Ben­nett Moses, who is di­rec­tor of the Al­lens Hub for Tech­nol­ogy, Law and In­no­va­tion, points to the way elec­tronic dis­cov­ery has trans­formed this labour­in­ten­sive process and urges lawyers to con­sider this sort of real-world tool in­stead of fo­cus­ing on what she de­scribes as the “al­most sci-fi view of AI”.

She be­lieves lawyers will in­creas­ingly need to un­der­stand these tools in or­der to know the lim­its of au­to­mated sys­tems and recog­nise out­side ven­dors of sec­ond-rate soft­ware.

“As these tools be­come more im­por­tant in the de­liv­ery of le­gal ser­vices, if you don’t have enough of an ori­en­ta­tion in that world, if you don’t un­der­stand what those prod­ucts do, you will be less and less use­ful,” Ben­nett Moses says.

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