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Meet ROSS, the world's first robot lawyer who just landed a job

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 May 2016, 11:17 IST

IBM's ROSS, the world's first artificially-intelligent attorney - powered by Watson - just got a job. ROSS will now handle bankruptcy law at BakerHostetler, a global law firm.

The machine is designed to understand language, provide answers to questions, formulate hypotheses and monitor developments in the legal system, the Daily Mail reported.

"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," said Bob Craig, Chief Information Officer.

He added that they are proud to team up with innovators like ROSS and they will continue to explore these cutting-edge technologies as they develop.

The ROSS platform is built on IBM's Watson computer, which supports it with the same cognitive computing and natural language processing capabilities that won Jeopardy in 2011.

The ROSS Intelligence website said, "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."

It added, "In addition, ROSS monitors the law around the clock to notify you of new court decisions that can affect your case."

-With agency inputs

First published: 17 May 2016, 11:17 IST