Centuries back, in the late 1600s, an attorney from Germany, A.G Leibniz, prophesized that one day in the future of humanity, machines would take over the task of calculations and use a binary system to calculate various number-related functions.
Leibniz also postulated that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will take over most, if not all functions that lawyers did back then. According to him, "It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labour of calculation, which could have safely been delegated to someone else, had machines been used."
Cut to 2022, and Leibniz’s theories have been proved right! Today, almost every task that was done manually, even a decade back, has been or is already being automated. AI now has seeped into and taken over every aspect of our lives in ways never imaginable even a few years back.
The legal sector has also not been immune to the advent and influence of AI. The introduction of technology into the legal domain has helped lawyers and other legal professionals immensely by streamlining their legal research and arriving at sound and reasonable conclusions to legal issues, in a highly efficient and timely manner.
Additionally, by adopting AI and related technologies in their day-to-day working environment, legal firms and corporates are now able to focus more comprehensively on proper and accurate consultation and solutions for their client’s legal issues. They also are now able to take up more complex and challenging cases, as they have data on hand whenever and wherever they need it.
Bringing in AI has reduced dependence on complex (and often redundant) paperwork for most legal firms, as most software and their servers are more than capable of storing huge amounts of data, that can be used for decades to come.
Even as we speak, AI is taking over more and more domains and sub-functions of the legal sector. Some of these are –
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