“Artificial Intelligence (Noun): The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision making, analysis and translation between languages.” —Siri
AI continues to bleed into areas of practices such as research, document preparation, contract analysis, e-discovery and data analytics. Legal innovators view this as a requirement for staying competitive. They recognize that AI applications and services will generate insights into the relationships of data, process management and the very nature of legal work that are too complex to be analyzed any other way. These insights, coupled with data-driven decision making, will spawn new techniques in the management of the litigation process. These changes will provide litigation professionals better overall control and outcomes in cost containment, legal project management and improved service to clients.
Lawyers have been coming to grips with this new reality for a while. The most skeptical attorney may still follow purchase suggestions from Amazon, use voice-based assistants such as Cortana, Alexa, Google or Siri to provide answers or initiate applications, or use autocorrect and grammar recommendations while creating content. These “simple” tools, using AI, have blended into the background of acceptance and pave the way for other more advanced, AI-based tools to enter practice.