Today’s post is a bit long as I catch up from a vacation. There’s good stuff below. As usual, the legal-specific info comes first, then general interest AI.

 

  • Very interesting: Ken Grady suggests that AI may eventually replace reputation (i.e., referrals, directories, etc.) as a way to find an attorney. I’m all for anything that would help put an end to the “legal directory” business!

 

  • The chairman of Paul Weiss, Brad Karp, says his firm is “focused like a laser” on harnessing the power of the new technologies that are “moving at warp speed” including artificial intelligence to make sure the firm is staying at the forefront of rapid developments in the legal market.

 

  • From the UK, Tom Beamont talks to Rosalind English about the role artificial intelligence is likely to play in the way lawyers and judges operate, including discussion of the use of AI in e-Disclosure, online dispute resolution, and whether advice and decisions can reliably be generated by algorithms.

 

  • Also from the UK, Legista is another platform that uses AI to understand the needs of someone who needs a lawyer and to locate one who can to deal with their need. After the introduction is made, the platform will take a percentage of the eventual fee.

 

  • Having trouble keeping up with Executive Orders? There’s an app for that, called “Albert in the House,” a personal assistant bot that can be loaded with documents that can then be queried. It is specifically designed to deconstruct and understand Executive Orders. You can select from pre-loaded orders, or copy and paste any executive order into Albert like you would any other document. Albert can answer questions like ‘What is the purpose of this order’ or ‘Does this order supersede any other order’ and is completely bi-partisan.

 

  • The former Walmart head of E-Discovery, Aaron Crews, has moved to AI-startup Text IQ. In this article, he discusses how his experience at Walmart motivated him to become general counsel and VP of strategy at Text IQ, and why legal needs AI now more than ever.

 

  • AI comes to Denmark as law firm Bech-Bruun has adopted Luminance to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions.

 

  • More about countries investing in AI: Russia has announced its AI play as, Putin says “the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world.” The US and China are #1 and #2 today, and Goldman Sachs says China is catching up.

 

  • And speaking of hype, Elon Musk is back at it, saying AI is the force most likely to cause World War III.

 

  • AI and Block Chain seem to be moving closer together, in China thanks to the government, and in the USA, with Magos AI.

 

  • Marketers are predicting that AI will turn advertising “on its head.”

 

  • I have written many times about the exponential growth of AI. This article from Wired, discusses our need to figure out how to measure how fast it’s exploding.

 

  • This (see below) looks like an interesting event. H/T to @MarkBeese.