Legal Research with AI is in its infancy. Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law each have their own built-in legal research AI.
Current Legal Research Tools with Artificial Intelligence
Above the Law columnist, Bob Ambrogi did a study about the disparity of results found when using various legal research tools. This phenomenon when lawyers conduct research with the built-in AI features of Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and ROSS platforms occur because the AI algorithms are likely different, their approach to AI differs, and the machines are at different levels of training.
New Approaches to Legal Research with AI
Google’s AlphaZero AI proved that a neural network can start learning and optimizing with random inputs in a shorter time than present machine learning methods. AlphaZero just needs a goal and a playground. AlphaZero beat the previously best computer chess program after 4 hours of training. AI models and algorithms will evolve in 2018 to incorporate natural language processing in their neural networks. I would love to have unrestricted access to Westlaw or Lexis or Bloomberg Law to train my Deep Learning AI. Legal research is about to evolve dramatically.