• AI is heavily involved in “fake news,” both in its creation and targeted distribution via bots, and with the algorithms designed to find and combat it. This essay from the International Bar Association (IBA) cautions that regulatory efforts to limit fake news could lead to censorship which could give too much control to those in power.

“Because the same technology can be used and abused for different reasons, it is very difficult to regulate its use. ‘The use and abuse of technology often go hand in hand. I don’t think we were ready for the notion that you could literally, through an algorithm, make up a story with facts that have no relationship to reality. This is society and law running to catch up with technology,’ says Balin. ‘This actually goes beyond law, because it is really about how do we, in a reasonable way, help to guard against insidious behaviour of just making things up…while at the same time making sure that the cure is not worse than the disease.’”


  • Survive Law and The Legal Forecast have teamed up to provide law students with bite-sized, easy-to-understand explainers on the latest law-tech and legal innovation hot topics. In this post they explain “how the use of a little thing called ‘data analytics’ can allow lawyers to embody Judge Hercules by enabling a decision-making process that combines the best of both technological and human capabilities.”


  • Another example of a law firm working with AI providers and promoting their new capabilities: Baker McKenzie (M&A/Transactions)


  • I LOVE this piece by Monica Rogati. Are you ready for AI? To know, you need to consider the “AI Hierarchy of Needs.” This is completely applicable to law firms. (Hint: It’s all about the data.)
  • One of the most important applications of AI is translation, and it’s getting better fast. Facebook is now performing 4.5 billion translations per day involving 45 languages. They announced yesterday: “(w)e recently switched from using phrase-based machine translation models to neural networks to power all of our back-end translation systems….” This results in much more accurately conveying the actual intent/meaning of the message (an 11% increase). Note: this has nothing to do with the recent kerfuffle about shutting down a system that developed some new uses of language.


  • Finally, here are some interesting remarks by Robert Reich to folks at Google about the impact of automation & artificial intelligence on our economy and how we can ensure future technologies benefit the entire economy, not just those at the top. (It’s a very broad ranging talk, and AI is only a small part of it. I found it all very interesting.)