Robot law and robot lawyers arriving in Australia

prototype-robot-lawyer-1000Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before the robot law disruption begins. The International Bar Association released a report this week, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Their Impact on the Workplace, mainly focusing on protecting workers in an age of incredibly fast change.

Locally, a Law Society report considers how rapidly the legal profession itself will be transformed. “It is no understatement to say that the legal profession in New South Wales and, for that matter, across Australia is undergoing change at a pace never experienced and in ways most lawyers would have found hard to predict at the beginning of the 21st century.”

Artificial intelligence raises distinct regulatory and ethical issues. Connectivity and globalisation offer further challenges and opportunities to an industry still dominated by paper briefs and 19th century efficiency measured in six-minute billable increments.

Read more: IBA / ABC / Law Society

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This story is taken from the 7 April 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.