Eric Engle


The application of computer science in the law has largely, and productively, centered on educational programs and programs generating and managing databases and data management. Some limited work, however, has been done in the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) to present models of legal decision-making. The majority of the work involving AI in the law, as the majority of work in AI generally, has focused on developing expert systems. An expert system attempts to solve one problem, or one class of problems well and should be distinguished from general systems, which seek to solve any problem. While databases and didactic applications involve the most productive work being done, AI presents more complex and more interesting problems having the potential to further increase productivity. Therefore, while AI may still be in its infancy (as was all of computer science until twenty years ago), its intellectual vistas are potentially limitless.

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