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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, particularly computer systems. These processes include learning, reasoning, problem-solving, perception, and language understanding. In the legal context, AI technologies are designed to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence, such as analyzing data, identifying patterns, and making decisions.

How Legal Teams Can Use AI

Legal teams can harness the power of AI to streamline various aspects of their work. AI can be used for contract analysis, legal research, due diligence, and predictive analytics. For example, AI-powered tools can quickly review large volumes of contracts to identify potential risks, similarities, or non-compliance issues, thus significantly reducing the time and effort required for manual contract review. You can also use AI to scan contracts and pull out important data and fields.

How is AI Different from OCR or Automation?

AI vs OCR: Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a technology used to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files, or images captured by a digital camera, into editable and searchable data. While OCR extracts text from documents, AI goes beyond this by interpreting and analyzing the extracted data to provide insights and predictions.

AI vs Automation: Automation involves using technology to perform specific tasks with minimal human intervention. AI, on the other hand, enables machines to simulate human intelligence, allowing for more complex decision-making processes, adaptive learning, and the ability to interpret and analyze data in a way that traditional automation cannot.

Limitations of AI

While AI has proven to be incredibly valuable in the legal field, it also has its limitations. One key limitation is the need for human verification and oversight. AI systems are only as effective as the data they are provided, and they may not always account for the nuances and context-specific aspects of legal matters. Therefore, it is crucial for legal professionals to verify the outputs of AI systems and ensure that they align with legal standards and requirements.

Everyone is talking about implementing AI into their workload, but it’s a term that gets misused a lot. Before you start, it’s important to know what you want AI to do. Often, what you actually want is automation or workflows.


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