Automation to take 67,000 legal jobs, Law Society predicts
The Law Society Gazette reports that the Law Society expects automation will replace 67,000 legal services jobs within a generation. Law Society President Joe Egan notes that we are starting to see the first real cases of how AI and automation might transfer the legal sector and that it could “’lead to 20% fewer jobs – although we expect this to be offset by escalating demand for legal services”. The forecast is based on the idea that advances in technology will double productivity at law firms, effectively meaning that less people will be needed to do the same amount of work. The legal sector is just one of many who are entering a period of rapid change through the advent of better use of artificial intelligence and big data. Whilst many existing jobs are at risk, this is not the first time that we have seen the wholesale loss of certain specialist jobs as new technology has arrived (alarm clocks and the knocker-up, automatic switchboards and telephone exchange operators for example). Whilst some jobs may cease to exist, others will be created.
The #COLPM Futures Conference
The College of Law Practice Management’s 2017 Futures Conference took place in Atlanta on 26th-27th October, with a focus on artificial intelligence in legal services. Above the Law has a good write up from Nicole Black of MyCase.
Computer says no: why making AIs fair, accountable and transparent is crucial
Today’s Guardian has an interesting opinion piece on the use of AI systems in decision making, especially when the decision that the system is returning might be life changing for the subject (citing examples such as flagging innocent people as terrorists or sending sick patients home).
Also published on Medium.