Technological Foundations of Artificial Intelligence - Law Technology Today. I understand the urge to create conflict in order to tell a story. However, I grow tired of reading predictions that machines will someday replace lawyers. As I have said often, machines and computers and AI, Oh My, will act as augmenters for real lawyers, and real lawyers will continue to offer legal advice, and to represent clients. This argument could have been made with any technological invention. Did the invention of the telephone replace lawyers or legal assistants? Did the fax machine? Of course not. AI and other technology will make it easier to be a lawyer because it will streamline the process of big data analysis. Lawyers will make better decisions because they have better information provided by machines. Machines will never, however, be trusted by clients to act as intermediaries in the legal process. That kind of conflict is, and will always be, restricted to human beings. If we ever start using machines to make our legal decisions for us, I will quit the practice of law. So, writers and authors and purveyors of futurism, please cease and desist with the robot versus human talk. Can't we all just get along? Let's shake hands with our robots. Just make sure you program their grip properly.