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AI: Artificial intelligence and the legal profession

1 May 2018

The term 'artificial intelligence' can be applied to computer systems which are intended to replicate human cognitive functions.

In particular, it includes 'machine learning', where algorithms detect patterns in data, and apply these new patterns to automate certain tasks.

There are rapid developments in artificial intelligence that will have significant implications both for the legal profession and a number of areas of the law itself.

The Horizon Scanning report examines the potential influence of AI technology in legal services and its impact on legal processes, jobs, and values.

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