• These are solid for any marketer, even legal! “Get Smarter With Artificial Intelligence: 11 Ways Marketers Can Leverage AI.” (Nadja Blagojevic of Axoim even participated.)

 

  • Artificial Lawyer reports that Pittsburgh-based legal AI doc review provider “LegalSifter has secured $1.86 million in funding from venture capital fund Birchmere Ventures and several high-net-worth individuals.”

 

  • Epstein Becker partner Bradley Merrill Thompson, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Medical Devices Law & Industry Report, in “Who Is Liable for Faulty Artificial Intelligence in Health Care?” by Sara Merken.

 

  • Here are “five legal tech apps disrupting the legal market,” a good summary of the offerings of:
    • CaseCrunch (AI software that can predict legal decisions with high accuracy),
    • Premonition, (which lawyers, win which cases, in front of which judges),
    • Cognitiv+ (monitor changes in legislation and then compare its analysis to a company’s own contracts),
    • Check Recipient (studies your emails and alerts the user when it believes an email has made its way to the wrong person, blocking the attempt), and
    • FLEXEBOSS (online legal marketplace which enables people to search, select and interact with high quality, affordable (20% cheaper than the market rate), vetted UK solicitors to solve their legal issues).

 

  • I have often posted about the international competition to lead in AI, both commercially and militarily. Some of those participating in The Neural Information Processing System (NIPS) conference in Long Beach expect that the US lead may be vulnerable and is threatened by policies such as the tax plan now working its way through Congress. “I’m with everyone else—this is devastating,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management who is studying the impact of AI on economic growth and inequality. “It’s honestly like it was designed by America’s enemies who want to take us down a notch. American policy is contributing to having AI research leave the country, literally.”

 

  • The ladies have justly received the Time POY award, but “Artificial Intelligence” has been chosen as the “marketing word of the year,” according to the Association of National Advertisers. (Voting was conducted online the week of Nov. 27 with 403 ANA members participating.) “It’s not just the marketing word of the year,” one advertiser said in verbatim comments selected by the ANA. “It’s the transformative phenomenon that’s going to reshape the world as we now know it.”

 

  • Reinforcement learning has done it again. AlphaGo Zero, developed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, only needed four hours of training to defeat the current world champion chess-playing program, Stockfish 8. Out of 100 games, it won 28 and drew the remaining 72. Even more impressively, it achieved this feat almost completely autonomously. “The AI was given a few basic rules, such as how the different chess pieces move, but was programmed with no other strategies or tactics. It simply got better by playing itself over and over again at an accelerated pace….”

 

  • AI News you can use! “Five New AI-Powered Features In Google Sheets Help Businesses Make Better Decisions.” For instance: “Using the ‘Explore’ feature, Sheets will intelligently suggest the right pivot table for you based on the data you have in a spreadsheet. What used to take six or seven steps to look at massive amounts of data (if you knew what you were looking for) just became as easy as clicking a button to visually represent data.”