LexisNexis is today announcing the launch of Lexis Answers, a feature that brings artificial intelligence to the Lexis Advance legal research platform. With Lexis Answers, a researcher can ask a natural-language question and get back the single-best answer in the form of what Lexis is calling a Lexis Answer Card.

LexisNexis says that Lexis Answers uses powerful machine learning, cognitive computing and advanced natural language processing technologies to deliver the single best and most authoritative answer, in addition to comprehensive but more precise search results.

The image at the top of the article shows what the answer to a legal research question looks like.

  • Here’s Robert Ambrogi’s take on the iManage acquisition of RAVN, including a bit more on the Rolls Royce case study.

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  • This could become a useful resource:

“Legal Technology Professionals Institute (LTPI) continues its mission to develop and maintain standards, best practices and resources in the legal technology community with a new project focused on artificial intelligence. This new project is one of several the nonprofit has scheduled for 2017.
LTPI observed that the terms “artificial intelligence” and “cognitive technologies” have begun to proliferate in the legal community but there was no single resource for EDiscovery and legal technology professionals for understanding:
● The meaning of artificial intelligence (AI) with regards to legal
● Solutions available in the marketplace
● Who is using it and how
● Existing facts and trends as well as emerging ones”

I’ll keep track of developments.

  • Hardly a day goes by without articles about the use of AI in HR, especially hiring. Here’s news from Google about using AI from the job-seeker’s vantage.

Salesforce is clearly trying to be very visible in the AI arena. Here’s their VP of Marketing’s (Jim Asinai) take on “how will AI impact any data-driven job: customer success, marketing, and sales.” He’s “excited for Salesforce and the industry to deliver on the promise of artificial intelligence, and not just under-delivering on just another hype cycle.” Hear! Hear!

  • AI is going to eliminate some jobs in the near term (as it already has regarding Discovery and Contract Review), and it will displace a lot more workers as time goes by. At the same time, many new jobs will be created. Will the net effect be positive or negative? No one knows with any degree of certainty, but many are weighing in. In this piece, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT lend their well-informed voices to the discussion.
  • AI is making big strides in financial crimes compliance. This article brings us up to date with several examples.
  • PwC’s projection of AI’s coming $16 trillion contribution to the world economy is getting a lot of press. It’s part of the discussion at this week’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, PRC.

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