• Artificial Lawyer reports that PactSafe ” is developing novel ways of signing legal documents including a ‘smile to sign’ application that uses facial recognition.” “The application, which also works on mobile devices, allows businesses to send contracts over text message, giving people the ability to then sign by return via a text message by simply replying ‘I Agree’.” Much more here.

 

  • I’ve mentioned document management provider iManage (they’ve gone well beyond that initial category) several times in my posts. Yesterday they were recognized for their good work: “iManage, the company dedicated to transforming how professionals work, announced it was named Technology Supplier of the Year at the British Legal Awards ceremony this evening in London. This award honors the contribution suppliers make to improving the delivery of legal services.”

 

  • Here’s an interesting question re IP: “Could intelligent machines of the future own the rights to their own creations?” Paresh Kathrani Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Westminster weighs in here. The answer is a bit complicated.

 

  • Still more from the UK: Sir Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court said in a speech forecasting the spread of online dispute resolution and ‘smart contracts’ based on blockchain encryption, that “judges will need to learn about computer code to handle disputes.” He also stressed the importance of online justice in maintaining the credibility of the courts. “We will need to move fast to develop online dispute resolution and other forms of speedier alternative dispute resolution, before the millennials lose faith in the way the older generation is content to deliver justice.”

 

  • Danish law firm Bech Brunn took advantage of their presence at the IBA conference in Sydney to conduct a survey of 52 firms from 17 countries on their use of AI. “The survey showed that artificial intelligence technology has already been implemented by several law firms around the world, and that it is considered significant to the future practice of law.” Details from this informal polling here.

 

  • In AI, so much is changing so fast. This post describes a course offering at MIT that combines hardware and software design to facilitate fast and efficient AI.