• This report from Herbert Smith Freehills” “identifies areas in which AI technologies have the potential to improve the ways in which law firms conduct their business, including reducing total costs, improving legal risk management and bolstering legal team performance.”

 

  • Arent Fox has partnered with AI-based iManage to “better safeguard critical data.”

 

  • A new survey by Thomson Reuters (Ready or Not: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Legal Departments) says, “Two-thirds of in-house attorneys are “confident and ready to try new technology.” Legal Insider argues “the findings suggest that is wishful thinking.”

 

  • AI is poised to help in all major areas of the business of law (marketing, HR, IT, finance), not just the practice of law. In this article, six members of the Forbes Human Resources Council weigh in on AI’s potential benefits to HR.

 

  • This article is technical but cool. It explains how neural networks might be taught how to self-expand as-needed. This feels to me like a baby step toward General AI.

 

  • I’ve mentioned many times that various governments are getting serious about and investing in AI and other technologies. (The US is notably lacking.) The UK government’s latest “Digital Strategy is a good example. To wit, this commentary from London law firm Bristow: “…the acknowledgement of the importance of AI and robotics and their likely impact on society is a welcome inclusion in the Strategy, underpinned by the creation of a fund of £17.3 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (‘EPSRC’), which aims to boost the development of new robotics and AI technologies in universities across the UK.”

 

  • Several of the oft-discussed threats potentially posed by AI involve ethical issues. Google Deep Mind has launched a team called “Ethics and Society” to study this area. The stated purpose is to: “help technologists put ethics into practice, and to help society anticipate and direct the impact of AI so that it works for the benefit of all.” It will focus on: Privacy transparency and fairness; Economic impacts; Governance and accountability; Managing AI risk; AI morality and values; How AI can address the world’s challenges.

 

  • If you’re a student of AI generally, you should keep an eye of CRISPR technologies: ”(Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology is a system which allows for permanent manipulation of genes in living cells and organisms, and is being explored as a method to correct the human genome for treatment of genetic diseases. CRISPR technology is credited for driving the growth in the genome engineering market.” It’s all about generic manipulation including in humans, and AI will be involved in a big way.” Here’s an overview.