July 2017

26 Jul 17

This is the prophecy of Udo Gollub, as a result of his trip last year to the Singularity University Summit. (The singularity is the point at which computers design and manufacture the next generation of computers, leaving humans out of the loop. Supposedly this is a good thing. Some say this will happen in 2029; some say earlier; some say never.)

Buried in Udo's list of fascinating near-term predictions is the following observation:

In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

His advice?