Thursday, May 12, 2016

Your Robot Replacement is Here!

I've changed from libertarian to liberal/progressive for many reasons. One of the most prominent reasons being that all of our jobs are about to be replaced.  I kid you not. Previous waves of automation threatened the jobs of manual laborers. But that was OK, because us white collar folks were safe. But the coming wave of artificial intelligence and robotics will make every job vulnerable and every human profession redundant.   

Lowly paralegals have been under "fire" for years. Now attorneys, it's your turn!
Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, and they will also be making announcements shortly.

Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research, and then generate responses (along with references and citations) to back up its conclusions. Ross also learns from experience, gaining speed and knowledge the more you interact with it.

“You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague, and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly,” the website says. “In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of new court decisions that can affect your case.”
The choice coming is very clear; share the world or expect widespread privation. 

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