The Machines Won’t Fix Your Contract Language

Today seems to be a day for being reminded of basic notions.

Yesterday’s Dilbert strip (here) and today’s (here) are on the topic of robots coming up with contract language. You won’t be shocked to hear that the Dilbert view of this isn’t favorable.

Well, neither is mine. In this 2011 post I explain that when it comes to compiling clear and effective contracts, software—excuse me, “artificial intelligence”—will never replace strong editorial control.

Nevertheless, those who sell technology to contract drafters are always at risk of overselling. For an example, see my 2015 post (on Contract Express’s blog) about the service “Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions.”

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.