The future of 'robotic' legal services is an exciting and a very fast-growing industry, but the impact on lawyers' day-to-day jobs seems to be relatively minimal. Automation of legal services is less 'robotics' and more algorithms overseen and programmed by humans. They still need humans to create them, oversee them and fix them when they go wrong. The days when autonomous robots can advice clients are as far away as those robots being given professional indemnity cover. In other words, very.
Frank Levy, professor emeritus with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, questioned whether more legal work could actually be automated. In a forthcoming paper in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics titled, “Can Robots be Lawyers,” Levy and co-author Dana Remus found that even if corporate law firms raced to embrace all artificial intelligence tools on the market today, just 10 percent of all legal work could actually be outsourced to software. “Ninety percent of what lawyers do today cannot be automated,” said Levy, because it requires intellectual capabilities and decision-making that exceeds the capabilities of today’s technology