Legal Week reports on the fact that Professor Richard Susskind, who is in the legal business and has done work on AI expert systems in the past, is still sticking to a certain prediction that he has made 10 years ago in his book ‘The Future Of Law’:
Susskind predicts that by 2015 legal services will be largely commoditised and for most commercial purposes clients will get the bulk of their legal advice online from expert systems, maintained and honed to near-perfect reliability by teams of lawyers. In the corporate environment firms will sell their knowledge, first and fore-most, and the traditional hand-holding role played by lawyers will take a back seat. Solicitors at many firms would be faced with tough career choices: go into rainmaking and business development; focus on knowledge-building and support or quality-checking online services; stick to advocacy and representation; or re-train and find a different job.
Sounds like a scenario straight out of Marshall Brain’s Robotic Nation.
Nobody ever gives this much thought… yet.
But what’s going to happen when AI-systems and -robots start taking over jobs of which we first thought that they required so-called ‘human creativity’? What happens when AI keeps nibbling at the bottom of the job-ladder, and makes its way up to where humans start having trouble keeping up?
This is exactly what’s happening right now.
For example, have a look at these autonomous cars.
If I were a chauffeur, or a pilot for that matter, I’d definately be worried about being out of a job in the coming years.