The world’s first artificially intelligent attorney, Ross, has been hired by its first official law firm- Baker & Hostetler. Other firms will shortly be making their announcements on hiring Ross as well.

The law firm Baker & Hostetler have announced they will be hiring the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney, Ross, for its bankruptcy practice- where almost 50 lawyers are employed.

The Announcement

According to Baker & Hostetler’s CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other law firms have also signed licenses with Ross and will soon be making their announcements as well.

Baker & Hostetler chief information officer Bob Craig explains why they hired the AI: “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 said.

About the AI

Ross was built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, and was designed to read and understand language.

When asked a question, Ross postulates hypotheses, researches and then generates a response, backing up its conclusions with references and citations. It narrows down research results by selecting only the most highly relevant answers, and presents the answers in amore casual and understandable way.

The AI also reportedly learns from its own experience; the more you interact with it, the more it gains speed and knowledge.

“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.”

Warnings Against AI

Several experts have been expressing grave concern about the development of AIs over the past decade, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

Stephen Hawking had famously said that Artificial Intelligence could possibly end mankind, especially if the AI is designed to learn from itself, it could begin to do so in a way that could get out of human control.

“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” he said. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

In a Reddit thread, Hawking had said: “The real risk with AI isn’t malice, but competence.”