Gresham Professor Richard Susskind asks and aims to answer; What Will Happen When A.I and the Internet Meet The Professions?


Two futures are outlined for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The second is transformational – a gradual replacement of professionals by ‘increasingly capable systems’. In the long run, in an Internet society, it is claimed, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.

Richard Susskind has specialized in the impact of information technology on the law for 25 years. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. His books include Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996) and Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000). He is a law columnist for The Times and General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (OUP). He holds a law professorship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.