Ro­bots mov­ing into law

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RO­BOTS are set to steal lawyers’ jobs.

Ex­perts pre­dict ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence break­throughs mean ma­chines will soon sift through le­gal pa­per­work and other com­plex doc­u­ments at ul­tra high speed.

Prof Guy Michaels, from the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics, said ro­bots will mainly take on low-skilled jobs.

Work­ers such as driv­ers, butch­ers and welders will face the axe first, he said.

But he added that in some le­gal work “ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is much bet­ter, like run­ning quickly through 300,000 pages of doc­u­ments iden­ti­fy­ing para­graphs po­ten­tially rel­e­vant in le­gal terms”.

Prof Michaels was part of a team who dis­cov­ered ro­bots have al­ready boosted pro­duc­tiv­ity by 15% in some areas while re­duc­ing prices for con­sumers.

How­ever, he said ro­bots strug­gle to mimic work which in­volves hu­man in­ter­ac­tion.

THREAT: Fast work­ers

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