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May 26, 2017


In this Darwin episode guest host Benjamin Snipes, Product Line Director for Tax of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, highlights the ethical issues of using technology in a law practice. In just twelve minutes, listeners understand why the legal industry can not rely solely on algorithms from computers.

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Show Notes:

00:00 Intro

00:24 Ben Snipes of Wolters Kluwer

01:01 Machine intelligence is like Marco Polo

02:10 Machines use math to arrive at answers

02:19 Three primary technologies used for legal purposes- machine learning, natural language parsing, natural language understanding

03:15 How can machine intelligence be used in Law?

05:10 There must be an explanation given for a legal conclusion

05:43 Human empathy is necessary

06:05 Model rules of professional conduct

06:40 Attorneys have a duty to understand the application of technology to a problem

07:00 Example of machine intelligence algorithm used for a statistic

09:47 Statistics are not used to drive final decisions in cases

10:04 Key questions to ask about machine intelligence

11:46 A duty to practice