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The passage suggests that the author would be most likely to agree with which one of the following statements about c...
on January 20, 2020
Why is the correct answer E as opposed to C?
on January 20, 2020
Let's take a look at (E) and (C).
(C) says, "These systems will most likely be used as legal research
tools rather than as aids in legal analysis."
The author tinks that presently, legal reasoning systems aren't really
useful at all, either as aids that help to facilitate people's ability
to solve legal problems or as tools that can help to analyze legal
problems independently. Given that the technology that will end up
supporting adequate legal reasoning systems is pretty far off, we do
not know whether using the systems as aids or as tools will ultimately
end up being more likely. Thus, we can get rid of (C).
(E) says, "Developing adequate legal reasoning systems would require
research breakthroughs by computer specialists."
Recall that we're looking to identify a statement about legal
reasoning systems that the author would be most likely to agree with.
In reading (E), we see that there is textual support for this answer
choice in the second paragraph, as there the author discusses
computers' inability to engage in the type of interpretation that
legal analysis requires, stating in lines 36-37 that this is "far
beyond their capabilities at present or in the foreseeable future.
This strongly supports (E), as if neither the current technology nor
any sort of technology in the foreseeable future can perform the
necessary task of interpretations, we'd need a huge advancement in
computer technology to make a legal reasoning system. Thus, (E) is the
correct answer choice.
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