• This paper from Harvard Journal of Law & Technology discusses AI’s challenges to the US legal system and the need for regulation.

“…the unique features of AI and the manner in which AI can be developed present both practical and conceptual challenges for the legal system. These challenges must be confronted if the legal system is to positively impact the development of AI and ensure that aggrieved parties receive compensation when AI systems cause harm. This article will explore the public risks associated with AI and the competencies of government institutions in managing those risks. It concludes with a proposal for an indirect form of AI regulation based on differential tort liability.”


  • More on regulation from Congressman John K. Delaney (Maryland’s 6th House District and founder of the AI Caucus): “(Congress) is largely uninformed on what the future of artificial intelligence (AI) technology will look like and what the actual consequences are likely to be. In this factual vacuum, we run the risk of ultimately adopting at best irrelevant or at worst extreme legislative responses.


  • Check out this article for in-depth thinking about product liability litigation involving autonomous surgical robots. The laws, they are a-changin’. Or at least will be.


  • This article examines the “The Real “Black Box” Dilemma of Legacy Legal Research Tools,” and how AI may help solve the problem. (Today’s top tools yield incomplete and inconsistent results.)


  • Akerman Data Law Center. “Collaborative Disaggregation: Law Firms Can Delight Clients with the Right Technology LegalTech Lever.” Better, faster, cheaper.


  • LawBot X (created by a group of Cambridge University law students) is a competitor to DoNotPay in the A2J arena. Their latest offering is intended to offer law firms a LawBot plugin button on the firm’s website. A potential client clicks the button and starts a customised conversation with LawBot. This may then help the law firm to generate new business as users escalate from asking questions to wanting to speak to a real lawyer at the firm.

This article also explains their plans to launch their own digital currency via an Initial Coin Offering (ICO).


  • At ILTACon17 there will be three panels on AI. This first will be “Will Computers Replace Lawyers? The Myths, Realities and Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation in the Law.” Here’s an overview.


  • Mark Cuban in New York City’s Central Park at the second annual “OZY Fest:”

Cuban also touched upon artificial intelligence during a one-on-one panel with Watson.

“However much change you saw over the past ten years with the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, that’s nothing,” Cuban continued. Cuban also claims that Montreal and China are “kicking our ass” with artificial intelligence.

Cuban also expressed concern about technology usurping the current standard of everyday business practices, leaving many unemployed.

“There’s going to be a lot of unemployed people replaced with technology and if we don’t start dealing with that now, we’re going to have some real problems,” said Cuban.


  • If you’re generally new to the science of using data to address business problems, here’s a good primer.


And here’s a good primer on where we stand re AI and Visual Data generally.


  • This year’s commencement speech at the Engineering School of Columbia University (given by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee) was titled “An Engineer’s Guide to the Artificial Intelligence Galaxy.” It’s good stuff.