• Even beyond spotting your friends on Facebook and Google, facial recognition has been getting a LOT of press recently. For instance, the latest iPhone 8 rumors suggest that the fingerprint reader may be replaced by facial recognition. This article discusses its use in eDiscovery to, as with so many manifestations of AI, make things better, faster and cheaper.


  • Chatbots hold a lot of potential to affordably enhance customer/client experience, but this author suggests that some may be moving to this technology before they’re ready.


  • Some big players are investing not just to have AI take over mundane work, but to generally make life better for organics (i.e., people). For instance, yesterday Google announced “PAIR”  (the People + AI Research initiative), looking at the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence in the hopes of making the latter more useful to the former. More details here and here.


  • Other initiatives have been launched to help regulation catch up to AI tech and to generally make sure that AI is behaving appropriately. Among them, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, helmed by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Media Lab. The fund was created in part by the Omidyar Fund, Knight Foundation, and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. The fund announced its first round of funding today, delivering $7.6 million to a variety of organizations around the world.

Last year Google partnered with Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft to create a new not-for-profit called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society. The $27 million fund for artificial intelligence in the public interest was first announced in early January. This article discusses that development and other related investments. The nonprofit‘s primary missions include researching AI, creating guidelines in developing new AI tech and advancing the public’s understanding of AI.

  • Here’s an interesting essay about AI and the future of legal education. “The long game is in doing and teaching what robots really can’t do, or in managing the robots.”


  • Shanghai is testing an artificial intelligence system that helps police officers, prosecutors and judges check the validity of evidence in criminal cases, as part of an effort to prevent wrongful convictions.Over the past month, the system has reviewed 60 cases – including homicides, burglaries and telefraud – and correctly identified 48 flaws in evidence, the Shanghai High People’s Court said on Monday. Ye Qing, president of East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, said that AI can be applied in many ways in the judicial field to help reduce judges’ enormous workload and improve the quality of their work. (Better, faster, cheaper.)


  • Bloomberg Law has relaunched the “Corporate Practice Center” featuring compliance, governance and legal operations. Dewey B Strategic mentions that this will include AI.



  • Finally, might this principle be an improvement on Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics?”