• This piece from CB Insights is the deepest dive I’ve seen in a while into the impact of AI on jobs. I disagree with some of the conclusions, but there’s a lot of good data here. The brief discussion of lawyers is near the end (search your browser for “Lawyers”) and you should jump right to it.

 

  • Official governmental use of AI translation: the EU Council Presidency has began using Tilde, a AI-powered translation tool to enable multilingual communication. This system is from Estonia, another country whose government is solidly behind AI innovations.

 

  • I saw “Blade Runner 2049” yesterday and loved it. As with the original, in addition to being an excellent film, it raises many questions about our relationship with AI. As this reviewer points out, “this is a cautionary warning of what may actually happen.” This review does a good job of putting this film in the context of other AI-related works.

 

  • And in the almost Sci-Fi front, facial recognition AI is getting so good that it can see past disguises.

 

  • Mattel has had another AI product shot down (remember W-Fi Barbie in 2015?). This time it’s AI-powered babysitter “Aristotle.” A non-profit watchdog group successfully argued that it “attempts to replace the care, judgment and companionship of loving family members with faux nurturing and conversation from a robot designed to sell products and build brand loyalty.”

 

  • Wow. It has been 20 years since IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a game of chess. Kasparov has some interesting (and generally positive) thoughts about AI here.