• From the ‘this is just cool!’ department, “Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.” This is based on recent advances in AI’s ability to find analogies. The award-winning research was supported by The National Science Foundation, Bosch, Google and CMU’s Web 2020 initiative.

 

 

  • As mentioned in Legal Tech News, the market for AI-driven contract solutions has “taken off.” The latest offering is Wolters Kluwer’s M&A Clause Analytics platform. The linked article discusses advantages of this system over other offerings and a couple of limitations but reports that there is a road map to address those in a future launch.

 

  • Seyfarth Shaw has selected iManage Extract to perform document review and comparison across all practice areas.

 

  • Goulston & Storrs’ RetailLawAdvisor blog has a new post about brick & mortar retailers using AI to compete with online retailers via surveillance methods and using robots to help shoppers.

 

  • And finally, for your weekend reading, this thought piece from PBS presents a very good overview of the considerations that should be involved in regulating AI and where we seem to be headed.