Remember Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer? According to this report in LTN (Law Technology News), IBM is developing Watson Debater, a computer that can synthesize rules and cases and argue different sides of a legal issue. Robert C. Weber, Senior Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel at IBM United Kingdom, thinks that Watson is already able to pass any State’s bar exam. Mr Weber also notes that Watson is “developing the ability to put forth arguments in a logical way,” which could have “implications in the law.” (You don’t say?) What about for politics? (Hat tip: Ray Campbell, who blogs regularly at The Faculty Lounge.)
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