• Surveys of in-house legal departments recently released by CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) and Altman Weil underscore the threat that alternative legal service providers (ALSPs, e.g., Axiom and Elevate) pose to traditional law firms. AI permeates the world of ALSPs and its influence is growing.

 

  • Above the Law is very excited about the idea of Push Research, legal research that isn’t just reactive to your requests, but that anticipates what your legal research needs will be. This is a fascinating discussion of the topic, concluding with:

“Within the next few years, it will feel just as natural to have our technology sharing information with us before we type in a search term. Just as PageRank transformed the way we access information, it’s difficult to overstate how transformative Push Research will be, especially for the legal profession. Law firms leveraging this technology will be able to, for the first time, truly do more with less, and provide their clients with the highest-efficiency, highest-quality representation.”

 

  • In this thought piece (“I, ROBOT LAWYER: artificial intelligence v Keystone Lawyer”), Lyndsay Gough of the UK’s Keystone Law discusses the future of AI and law. At least in the short term, she’s not too worried.

 

  • In this podcast, Jones Day partner Bob Kantner interviews Romelia Flores, IBM Master Inventor, and Dave Copps, CEO of Cyxtera’s Brainspace division “to talk about the current state of artificial intelligence and explain what’s coming next for this rapidly advancing technology.”

 

  • DLA Piper weighs in on “How to gather snowflakes: big data, AI and predictive analysis of customers.” The post gets into such issues as “who owns the data” and why you should think carefully about using customer data even when it’s permissible. (And then there’s the looming GDPR.)

 

  • With support from Microsoft, Google, NYU, the NAACP, among others, the “AI Now Institute,” was announced yesterday. It’s “a research organization to explore how AI is affecting society at large.” … “AI Now will be cross-disciplinary, bridging the gap between data scientists, lawyers, sociologists, and economists studying the implementation of artificial intelligence.” Guided in part on this report. the institute will initially hire almost 100 researchers.AI Now will focus on four major themes:
  1. Bias and inclusion (how can bad data disadvantage people)
  2. Labor and automation (who doesn’t get hired when AI chooses)
  3. Rights and liberties (how does government use of AI impact the way it interacts with citizens)
  4. Safety and critical infrastructure (how can we make sure healthcare decisions are made safely and without bias)

 

  • This review of Google’s Pixel Buds in-ear translation reports that while the initial press release wasn’t exactly false, the practical functionality is much less than one might hope. This one too.

 

  • Here’s a “Complete List of Chatbot, AI & Data Science Conferences in 2017” and 2018.