One of the problems new AI-based legal tech companies must contend with is a general sense of unease or fear of the unknown connected with artificial intelligence. Thanks to Hollywood lore, some might imagine a horde of Schwarzeneggellian lawyer bots plodding forward in a determined march to take jobs away from attorneys. One company, Fastcase, is combatting these fears by offering a digital sandbox to the public as a safe space to try out artificial intelligence.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the sandbox are IBM Watson’s Developer Cloud, Neota Logic and Contraxsuite. IBM Watson provides an artificial intelligence-powered cloud, Neota provides an artificial intelligence automation platform and Contraxsuite is a legal document analytics platform. Though Fastcase’s sandbox is not limited to these resources, these are some of the more prominent artificial intelligence platforms available. The sandbox will also include broad-ranging data sets, including docket information from Docket Alarm, a databank of contracts from Contract Standards, and expert witness data from Courtroom Insight–though this list is non-exhaustive.
The consolidation of data resources and artificial intelligence tools in the sandbox creates a powerful space for users to experiment and observe the benefits of artificial intelligence first hand.
How Can the Fastcase Sandbox Benefit Litigation Management?
For an example of how this sandbox can be useful in litigation management, consider the process of evaluating expert witnesses during trial preparation or early case assessment.
Within the sandbox, a firm can build rosters of expert witnesses that have testified for or against them. The firm can then build a data set of the challenges to each expert witness, how many times the experts have testified, how many times the experts have been challenged, the basis of each challenge, then use the artificial intelligence tools included in the sandbox to model the likeliness of success of each expert’s testimony.
This is only one simple example, but given how powerful the tools in the sandbox are and how much data is now readily available, the sandbox is brimming with potential. Firms who want to be on the leading edge of litigation management can, and should, take advantage of its potential to create their own tools for managing and analyzing data.
Have any good or bad experiences with Fastcase’s sandbox? We’d love to hear about it!
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