IN BRIEF
Ross, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm.
Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy
practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers.

ROSS: A VERY SMART ARTIFICIAL CO-WORKER

Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing
IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment
consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew
Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, and they will also
be making announcements shortly.
Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s 
cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand
language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research,
and then generate responses (along with references and citations) to
back up its conclusions. Ross also learns from experience, gaining
speed and knowledge the more you interact with it.
“You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague,
and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a
cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and
secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly,” the website says.
“In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of
new court decisions that can affect your case.”
Ross also minimizes the time it takes by narrowing down results from
a thousand to only the most highly relevant answers, and presents
the answers in a more casual, understandable language. It also keeps
up-to-date with developments in the legal system, specifically those
that may affect your cases.

THE LEGAL INDUSTRY ENHANCED

Baker & Hostetler chief information officer Bob Craig explains the
rationale behind this latest hire: “At BakerHostetler, we believe that
emerging technologies like cognitive computing and other forms of
machine learning can help enhance the services we deliver to our clients.”
“BakerHostetler has been using ROSS since the first days of its
deployment, and we are proud to partner with a true leader in the
industry as we continue to develop additional AI legal assistants,”
he added.