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Legal Robots: the end of the law?

Will the inevitable merging of artificial intelligence and the legal sector lead to the end of law as we know it?

This July, it will be a year since the first ever ‘Legal Robot’ was released for use in the USA across fifty states. One feature of the ‘Legal Robot’ is that it is programmed to act as legal medium between two human parties, through the means of creating legal binding documents and so forth.

However, with artificial intelligence rapidly developing, how much will the legal sector, including the law itself, be affected as the two worlds continually collide?

Questions raised surrounding this topic may center predominately upon how legal fees will be affected, as a robot does not have a salary rate for its services – in which could affect the business admin side of every law firm which chooses to adapt to these new artificial intelligence developments.

Furthermore, alternative questions could be raised surrounding the preservation of the underlying ethics of the law itself, given that the Legal Robots at present are programmed upon a basis of software processes when making decisions – rather than upon an emotional and ethical basis.

For instance, could a law firm really take seriously the notion of a Legal Robot issuing advice on Human Rights law?

Aside from the advance of Legal Robots, university students studying law are also being encouraged to study computer and software coding, so to ‘differentiate’ themselves as a lawyer within the futuristic legal sector.

Therefore, how long will it be before Human Rights law loses its ethical substance and becomes a program imitated and processed by legal robots?

As the development of artificial intelligence within the legal sector continues, the protection of Human Rights law becomes paramount in maintaining, as part of the preservation of the original form of the law itself – that which serves the interests of humans.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby