It is not hard to imagine that retail stores and supermarkets may no longer need to hire any cashiers. After all, self-checkout machines have firmly established their place in supermarkets. This example is indicative of a broader trend. Computers are putting humans out of work, especially those with jobs in the services industry.2 The legal profession is not exempted.
Debates that pit humans against machines go back to the dawn of the industrial revolution, when agricultural and manufacturing equipment started to replace human labourers.