AI system cited for unlicensed practice of law

The robot rebellion got a step closer this week as a US court cited a web-based artificial intelligence system for practising law without a license.

The website provided legal advice based on an expert system – a database of knowledge that is often structured by the links and associations made by human experts in the field.

Someone obviously took exception to a programme providing legal advice and the issue ended up in litigation.

The Wired Blog reported on the curious case and linked to the pdf of the court ruling that stated:

[The] system touted its offering of legal advice and projected an aura of expertise concerning bankruptcy petitions; and, in that context, it offered personalized — albeit automated — counsel. … We find that because this was the conduct of a non-attorney, it constituted the unauthorized practice of law.

I’ll be looking out for more signs that Skynet is becoming self-aware and will be heading for the bunkers at the earliest sign of impending nuclear war.

Link to Wired Blog on ‘AI Cited for Unlicensed Practice of Law’.

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