Thursday, December 18, 2014

IBM’s Outgoing General Counsel Looks Back at the Future

"Imagine having Watson there with you in the courtroom," said Robert C. Weber, general counsel for International Business Machines Corp.IBM +0.34%, referring to the company's problem-solving software of Jeopardy! fame. "There are a lot more cases out there than anybody can keep track of. The facts of cases are sometimes extremely complex."

Watson, in this conceiving, would have all the facts and the cases at his command. The software could weigh the pros and cons of a legal argument, on the spot, in the same way Watson is learning how to marry patient records with medical literature for treatment options. "Having Watson there with you as a lawyer gives you an associate with encyclopedic knowledge and inexhaustible work ethic."

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