Artificial intelligence is neither artificial nor intelligent – but it will severely disrupt the legal services world, according to the keynote speaker at this week’s Law Society conference ‘Legal services in a data-driven world’.

Futurologist Dave Coplin says that essential skills for the digital society will be ‘creativity, empathy and accountability’ and that we need to move away from the idea that humans will be competing with machines. Speakers will also look at the practicalities of moving to the cloud, staying safe from cyber-threats and how to utilise large amounts of client data while complying with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

The event on Wednesday will also hear from Silkie Carlo, senior advocacy officer at Liberty, and Christina Blacklaws, vice-president at the Law Society.