Lawyers shouldn't be too complacent about a recent BBC website analysis which showed that jobs are far from being under threat from artificial intelligence, writes David Halliwell, director of knowledge, risk and legal services at Pinsent Masons (see below).
It's a topic I'm very interested in and should form a major part of the annual Legal Futures innovation conference, being held in London on 17 November. The programme will be out very shortly.
As I see it, it's not just that the tasks lawyers perform will change, but the very outcomes lawyers will need to achieve will change. In a world where commercial risk is assessable be reference to quantifiable data, why will we need drafting skills to hedge risk in contracts through clever drafting? Where outcomes of litigation can be calculated within a range of possibilities, why will we need the skills to persuade through skilful argument? If machines can tell us whether someone is likely to be telling the truth or not, do we need the social skills to be able to read other people's body language?