AI as the Inevitable: Legal Explores the Frontier of Machine Learning

November 2nd, 2016

Inside Counsel covered Clutch’s roadmap to bringing AI and Machine Learning to legal and compliance through historic partnerships with kCura, Nuix, and Brainspace. The article covered Clutch’s innovations as part of a broader discussion on the future role of advanced technology in the legal industry. An excerpt of the article has been provided below.

AI as the Inevitable: Legal Explores the Frontier of Machine Learning

This week brings us one chatbot, one ‘robot judge’ closer in the AI revolution of legal.

While financial, services and other industries charge head-on into the technological future, legal’s embrace of technology has been a reluctant move at best.

As Clutch Group president Brandon Daniels told me in a conversation earlier this week, when it comes to legal, “the application of artificial intelligence tends to create some trepidation.”

Clutch Group this week has undertaken three partnerships with leaders in the legal technology industry in order to bring AI solutions toward major compliance challenges. The philosophy behind their approach is rather simple, but one perhaps not undertaken enough: ease stakeholder anxiety.

“Even the notion of utilizing artificial intelligence is still very nascent in the legal compliance area,” Clutch Group’s Daniels notes. Thus, he says his company is trying to apply machine learning in a way that is “comfortable” and “familiar,” which translates to using AI to augment rather than replace.

“Where you see resistance is when you use artificial intelligence to replace objective decision-making,” he adds.