Rapid advancements in data analysis has turned out to be a game changer, as Organisations currently have started using all the data accessible to them to enhance their performance and customer services. The legal system is no stranger to this burgeoning use of technology, as the legal world just witnessed the rising of its first Robot lawyer, ROSS. Now, the Lawyers have their very own AI paralegals that will advance legal research activities.
ROSS uses the supercomputing power of IBM Watson to go through batches of data in a matter of seconds, and learn how to best serve its clients. Lawyers can ask research questions in natural language, just like they were talking to a colleague, and the AI reads through the law, gathers evidence, draws inferences and returns with a highly relevant, evidence-based answer. BakerHostetler, a law firm was the first one to hire ROSS to handle bankruptcy cases.
The AI attorney learns from its interactions and reportedly provides better results after each use. It also aims to keep lawyers up to date on new court decisions that could impact their own ongoing case. The robot can look up a court ruling from 13 years ago, and offer opinions in plain language about the old ruling's relevance to the case at hand.
So what technologies are backing up this amazing AI Attorney?
The technology backing it up are Cognitive computing and LegalCognition. Cognitive computing is a new framework that learns and reasons from interactions with humans, files, online interactions and its environment.Through Cognitive computing, Ross uses data mining, pattern recognition, and natural language processing. LegalCognition analyses the relationships and meanings of words to understand the legal concepts they form enabling Ross through millions of laws and find precise answers. Machine learning technology along with Hypothesis generation followed by Hypothesis and Evidence Scoring, is used to fine tune its research methods. Together these technologies power the AI Robot and are the reason behind its success.
“ROSS surfaces relevant passages of law and then allows lawyers to interact with them. Lawyers can either enforce ROSS’s hypothesis or get it to question its hypothesis,”