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Artificial Intelligence Is Ready for the Legal Industry’s Attention | The American Lawyer – Law.com

Some attorneys have a tendency to think of artificial intelligence (AI) as something akin to cellphones in the 1980s or computers in the 1970s. That is to say, expensive enough that only the law firms or legal departments with the deepest pockets can tap into its nebulous potential.

But AI is far from a mysterious or inaccessible innovation. For years, it has powered online chatbots and search engines, voice-activated assistants and video games. And most of these are widely available and affordable. So why shouldn’t it be the same for the legal industry?

Today, AI is the unseen engine behind a host of off-the-shelf legal technology tools. It is so embedded in products from e-discovery to e-billing and contract analytics to legal research that it’s not hard to see a day when AI becomes unavoidable.

“You’re going to see it be a part of any legal tech product … whether there is an initiative to go out and buy or develop AI products or not,” says Jeff Marple, director of innovation for the legal department at insurance company Liberty Mutual

Source: E-technology news (02/06/2019), ‘Artificial Intelligence Is Ready for the Legal Industry’s Attention | The American Lawyer – Law.com

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