Is Intraspexion like "Minority Report" or "WarGames"?

Minority Report, the 2002 sci-fi film directed by Steven Spielberg, comes to mind because the “precogs” were predicting crimes. We use software to “predict” litigation.

In December of 2016, Richard Tromans, who writes a popular blog from London as the Artificial Lawyer, made this connection. He wrote, "Think 'Minority Report,' but using algorithms instead of pre-cogs."

A few months later, Attorney Jeff Cox made that connection too. In an article for the ACC’s Legal Ops Observer in March of 2017, “AI for Legal Ops and Corporate Counsel - The First Wave,” Jeff wrote about several AI startups and covered Intraspexion first. He wrote, “Intraspexion is the Minority Report of litigation.”

When Jeff conducted his pre-article interview, he told me that a reference to Minority Report helped him explain Intraspexion to others, and that it worked for them in a flash of understanding.

But when this question comes up, I also recall the 1983 film WarGames. (Click the title for a third party's YouTube clip of the movie's last few minutes. Ad supported.)

The clip is one of the best last four minutes of any movie, but I’ll summarize it for you:

At the end of the movie, a computer named Joshua is playing a game called Global Thermonuclear War, but doesn't realize it's a game.

Towards the end of the film, while Joshua is trying to obtain the President's launch codes, the hero (played by Matthew Broderick) directs it to play tic-tac-toe, and to play against itself in order to learn "futility." Joshua plays tic-tac-toe game repeatedly, until it finally "understands" that every scenario produces no winner. 

Once it "understands" futility and transfers that learning to the War Game it's been playing (which tech readers may recognize as transfer learning), Joshua utters a memorable line:

"Greetings, Professor Falken. A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 

The computer then shuts down Global Thermonuclear War, and says with "How about a nice game of chess?" 

Litigation is like Global Thermonuclear War.

Why? Because even if the company wins in the end, it loses.

Everywhere you look, financial resources are burning.

First, if the comany's a net winner, it's unlikely to collect.

Or, if it prevails against its adversary, and owes nothing, the company must still pay the defense attorney fees, expert witness fees, the costs of eDiscovery, and so on.

And if it settles or loses at trial, it must also pay the amount of the settlement or the verdict.

Business leaders have always been smarter than Joshua. They know that the only winning move is to avoid or prevent litigation. Until now, with Intraspexion, there just hasn't been a way to do that.