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Elaine Ou

Why Hire a Lawyer When a Robot Will Do?

Artificial intelligence is learning to do legal grunt work.
Cheap and efficient.

Cheap and efficient.

Photographer: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Lawyers, beware. Robots really are coming for your jobs.

Exhibit A: Venture-capital firm Invoke Capital just made a multi-million-dollar investment in Luminance, which is developing artificial intelligence to automate the legal drudgery involved in corporate mergers and acquisitions. The robot lawyer is just one of many -- including offerings from Ross Intelligence and Kira Systems -- aiming to replace the overworked factotums known as associate attorneys. Without the six-figure student debt, I presume.