ROSS Artificial Intelligence Joins Legal World

IBM Robot Lawyer

Artificial Intelligence may play a large role in shaping the future of the legal field. Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they will be using IBM’s Al Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which consists of nearly 50 lawyers.

 “At Baker & Hostetler, we believe that emerging technologies like cognitive computing and other forms of machine learning can help enhance the services we deliver to our clients,” Baker & Hostetler chief information officer Bob Craig explained. 

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Ross has been built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson and is designed to read and understand language, formulate hypotheses when asked questions, conduct research, and generate responses in order to back up its conclusions. Ross also improves with age, as it learns from its experiences and gains knowledge with more interaction. 

“You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague, and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly. In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of new court decisions that can affect your case,” ROSS website says. 

Ross will also serve as a time efficiency tool, as it will be capable of narrowing down results from a thousand answers to a handful of the most relevant answers and then translates them into an understandable language. As artificial intelligence software like Ross grows, it is expected that more law firms to buy into the system to save money, time, and expand their legal capabilities.


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