Ira: Artificial intelligence raises questions, has great promise

By Adam Ira Ira When asked to discuss a topic of interest to new lawyers, this writer knew that a brief jurisprudential history of the Rule Against Perpetuities was just what the doctor ordered. But then, news broke of a large law firm hiring a “robot associate” named ROSS. New lawyers face a volatile future given the recent surge of technology capable of automating many tasks traditionally performed by lawyers. Many have prophesized a bleak future where machines replace people in the legal profession. But this writer believes in the power of people.For those who may not be aware, the associate (which has been likened to Skynet, HAL 9000 and other harbingers of computerized doom) is an artificial intelligence named ROSS. ROSS is based on IBM’s Watson platform. Watson is…

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