Academics Create AI Lawyer-bot With Language Comprehension

By Gary Cutlack on at

ROSS is its name, and it's been programmed to scan legal documents for the answer to questions, making life even easier for those who rake in the big money from patent disputes and people tripping over wobbly pavements.

The developers of ROSS are the latest in the long line of nerds trying to solve the problem of natural language recognition. Helping this project is the immense power of IBM's supposedly cognitive Watson hardware, which ROSS uses to scan "the entire body of law" in search of an answer to a specific legal question.

Presumably the entire body of law is quite a lot of really boring words, so we all ought to be impressed by this feat. [PSFK via The Register]