May 162016
 

Watson

Recently many “experts” have been predicting that the first salvo fired in the robot revolution will be when they begin stealing jobs from humans. The Telegraph even reported back in February that within 30 years robots will have taken over most jobs leading to unemployment rates of over 50%. Last week, the bots fired the metaphorical first shot over humanity’s bow when it was announced that law firm Baker & Hostetler had hired ROSS, the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney.  While prognosticators, pundits, and Luddites alike all agreed that this was evidence of an impending sea-change coming to the job market, auto workers everywhere just shook their heads and welcomed the soon to be displaced to the world they’ve been living in since the 1960s.

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Jan 022016
 
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach Book Cover Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Stuart Jonathan Russell, Peter Norvig,
Computers
Prentice Hall
2010
1132

Artificial intelligence: A Modern Approach, 3e,is ideal for one or two-semester, undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Artificial Intelligence. It is also a valuable resource for computer professionals, linguists, and cognitive scientists interested in artificial intelligence. The revision of this best-selling text offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence.

Nov 102005
 

lly McBealEngadget’s got a summary of an article by Business Day about Buys Inc., a South African law firm that plans to add 3 “robot” lawyers, Stacy, Dave, and Nathan, to their human legal staff in early 2007. Initially their duties will include answering basic questions and presenting training material online. They will operate under very strict human supervision at first, but the firm anticipates that if their early efforts are successful, the trio could begin offering legal opinions, advice, and additional services in the very near future.

The firm recognizes that clients may be slow to warm to the virtual lawyers, but once they recognize their advantages, including lower price, quicker turn around, and 24/7 accessibility, the clients will come around. At the end of the day the verdict is all that matters, and if the robots deliver wins, the clients will be satisfied.