“Artificial intelligence (AI) and its legal practice applications are grabbing headlines in the legal industry. Ever since the early success stories of IBM Watson, the legal press has been buzzing with articles that debate whether AI is a threat or hope and whether AI will transform, disrupt, revolutionize, or even remake the legal industry. … Now it’s time to focus on the law librarian’s role regarding AI applications in legal research and aiding practitioners in minimizing potential risks due to AI utilization,” write Sherry Xin Chen and Mary Ann Neary in Artificial Intelligence, Legal Research and Law Librarians, AALL Spectrum (May-June 2017) at 17. And that is exactly what the authors do.
In this very interesting article the authors conclude:
Having a general understanding of database algorithms offers a glimpse into the inner workings of AI and makes it possible for attorneys and law librarians to evaluate and correct possible mistakes created by an AI program. Law librarians need to maintain their role in the information cycle as instructors, experts, knowledge curators, and technology consultants as AI is implemented in legal
practice and education.
Recommended. — Joe