First there was Jeopardy-winning Watson — now there’s ROSS

Five years after a room-sized computer dubbed Watson crushed Jeopardy’s flesh-and-blood champions, IBM’s pioneering machine has moved on from its splashy quiz-show career and entered the legal profession. Powered by Watson, a voice-recognition application called ROSS is just getting its feet wet at BakerHostetler, the first law firm to commercially license the artificial intelligence software to help deal with bankruptcy issues. After a lengthy testing period involving multiple law firms, ROSS is expected to be in wider commercial use in coming weeks, and will eventually be expanded to perform research in other legal areas, said Andrew Arruda, CEO and a co-founder at tech startup ROSS Intelligence. The idea behind ROSS, which the company touts on its website as a “super intelligent attorney,” is to give lawyers another resource for legal…


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