How Long Until Machines Write Briefs?
Computers are getting really good at understanding and generating human language. For us brief-writers, it begs some questions: Can our role ever be automated? And to the extent that it can, how close are we?
I recently published an article that addresses this very subject. In it, I examine real-world technology, identify a few trends, and take a loose stab at predicting the future. As I wrote the article, I conferred with AI experts and legal-tech luminaries like Professor Ben Barton and Professor Richard Susskind. So I’m not just making this up.
The article also tackles some anticipated comments and objections:
“Artificial intelligence can’t generate decent prose.”
“Generating formulaic prose from numbers is one thing. But AI can’t reliably analyze unstructured human language and generate anything worthwhile.”
“The data required to train these systems is prohibitively expensive.”
“Computers can’t persuade.”
“Computers will never think like lawyers, so they can’t possibly write like lawyers.”
“You’ve identified a lot of separate systems that must be cobbled together, and that’s hard.”
“None of this will happen during my career.”
“So are brief-writers doomed?”
Check it out: “The Thing Speaks for Itself,” published in Toward Data Science.