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Robots and associate lawyers

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Remember this Forbes survey concluding that associate lawyer was the unhappiest job?

You know what they say about robots taking the most “dull, dirty an dangerous” jobs?

Yeah, well….


Although, why bother making robots when some law firms have perfected the art of having untiring,  uncomplaining human machines billing-4,000-hours-a-year?   Resultado de imagen de puzzled smiley

Plus, I’m not sure it’s that easy; associates have, in turn, perfected the art of dealing with contradictory instructions and coming up with bogus excuses (having surgery? come on…) to an extent impossible to replicate by artificial intelligence…

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

11 May 2017 at 9:38 am

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  1. Alfonso, i just read the article you cite. Nothing new or surprising, I’d say. The AI applications referred to in the article are just about data crunching and searching. Those operations can, obviously, concern legal data (or data relevant for legal purposes) just like in any other data (or purpose). The tasks described in the article could have been carried out by any type of staff with a minimum of training. Even if often given to junior lawyers or paralegals, in truth, they could have been accomplished by basically anyone, including people without any university degree and/or legal knowledge. I think that, for the time, being, there is no reason to worry 🙂


    11 May 2017 at 1:29 pm

  2. Yes, I agree, those tasks are the simple ones; it’s a bit like blog-writing, which Pablo and I have also decided to externalize to someone who is actually more efficient, creative and smart; see here:

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    11 May 2017 at 1:33 pm

  3. …perhaps robots will excuse themselves by saying “sorry, I’m going in for an upgrade tomorrow”


    Josephine Macintosh

    16 May 2017 at 11:46 am

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