Was Dick The Butcher A Visionary When He Wanted To Kill The Lawyers?

By: Geoffrey Bryce

As we all know in William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2 Dick The Butcher said “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”. Was he a visionary?

I doubt he could have imagined modern weapons which could cause a physical death, let alone death by technology.

Advances in artificial intelligence may well spell the end of the modern practice of law.  In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune reported that IBM after 5 years of research developed an artificial intelligence platform that can argue with humans over a selected topic. The debate was over whether the government should subsidize space research. According to the article the computer said “Subsidizing space exploration is like investing in really good tires.”  The article stated that one of the human debaters stated the computer was a “formidable “opponent.

While I am not ready to turn my practice over to a computer any time soon, IBM may be making the future a bit cloudier for the practice of law in the future. I challenge IBM to make a computer capable of handling a complex delay, construction defect or mechanics lien case. Ha.

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