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AALL Spectrum | September/October 2016 | Volume 21, Number 1

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34 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG TECHNOLOGY Artificial Intelligence Not Just Sci-Fi Anymore Why incorporating an AI-based system in your institution is the future of the profession. BY MARK GEDIMAN T he phrase "articial intelligence" or AI seems to be every- where these days. Whether it's in such publications as the American Lawyer ("AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients"), the ABA Journal ("How Articial Intelligence Is Transforming the Legal Profession"), or spoken in hushed tones in executive committee meetings, the consensus seems to be that this is the future. When I hear the term "articial intelligence" (AI), what I picture is Robot B-9 from Lost in Space who is responsible for adding "Danger Will Robinson!" to my … or rather … our everyday lexicon; C-3PO (Star Wars); V'ger (Star Trek: e Motion Picture); R. Daniel Olivaw (e Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov); and Rosie the Robot (e Jetsons). But AI is not used to describe a physical robot. Rather, this term is typically applied to soware like IBM's Watson. Legal Week denes AI as "the theory and development of computer systems which will perform tasks that nor- mally require human intelligence."

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