Can Robots Be Lawyers? Computers, Lawyers, and the Practice of Law

Dana Remus, Frank S. Levy
2015 Social Science Research Network  
Artificial intelligence is part of our daily lives. Whether working as taxi drivers, financial analysts, or airport security, computers are taking over a growing number of tasks once performed by people. As this occurs, computers will also cause the injuries inevitably associated with these activities. Accidents happen, and now computer-generated accidents happen. The recent fatality caused by Tesla's autonomous driving software is just one example in a long series of "computer-generated
more » ... Yet hysteria over such injuries is misplaced. In fact, machines are, or at least have the potential to be, substantially safer than people. Self-driving cars will cause accidents, but they will cause fewer accidents than human drivers. Because automation will result in substantial safety benefits, tort law should encourage its adoption as a means of accident prevention.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2701092 fatcat:bb7275z675flvp6xavk24k43qq