With an obvious reference to a master of adaptation, Joanne
Frears will look at the bigger picture of scoping AI and whether
AI really will replace lawyers. She will consider:
• What do you think AI is? From chatbots to AV via machine learning and the internet of things, AI is already all around
us sifting big data, monitoring our health & habits and reforming
• What does your firm want AI for? If you want it to read
contracts you are probably missing the point. That’s a bit like
discovering electricity and then only ever using it to animate
the legs of dead frogs!
• Just how much cleverer is AI than the combined IQ of your
board? Yes, it’s cleverer than you, so are it’s slowest
programmers. It probably has better social skills than your
litigation department and undoubtedly a better line in
questioning than your due diligence teams.
• How do you go about spec’ing, procuring and maintaining
a system that is faster, better, cleverer than your staff? So
how are you going to imagine how it can be used? Planning
and flexibility are key, so are clear parameters and operations.
• Who will AI replace at your firm - here’s a clue, “Turn and face
the strange, changes. there’s going to have to be a different man.”!
• Does any of this matter when the clients’ interests come first?
• Will lawyers only be left to deal with the Minority Report?