• Here’s the ALM overview of the annual Citibank Client Advisory and here’s the full report. It’s a “must read.” There’s a good paragraph about AI which leads with “The development of client-facing artificial intelligence solutions will also continue to be a market force.”

 

  • Artificial Lawyer reports: “Leading Swiss law firm Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (MLL) has joined global professional services giant PwC in selling automated contract templates via PartnerVine in a move that shows the ‘industrialisation’ of the legal sector is now truly speeding up.”

 

  • Press release: “Dickson Minto has selected Luminance as its artificial intelligence platform for due diligence after a competitive selection process and pilot exercise. The Luminance platform has the ability to quickly understand and prioritise documents in a data room.”

 

  • I like the way Orrick  is presenting its tech expertise, including this “Profile in Innovation” interview of Nicholas Thompson, editor of Wired, by Annette Hurst. It includes legal issues related to AI, blockchain and more.

 

  • Foley partner Andrew Hurst is quoted in a Washington Lawyer article, “AI & the Legal Workplace,” about the evolution of technology in the legal field. Hurst said the firm’s increasing reliance on AI in document review and related tasks has reduced the need for junior and mid-level associates. David Tanenholz of Tanenholz & Associates, Jeanette Derby of Legal E Employment Partners and Gary Swisher, president of the ALA, are also extensively quoted.

 

  • Foley’s very active auto industry blog (“Dashboard Insights”) has an interesting post titled, “The Dawn of Self-Driving Rideshares Has Already Arrived.”

 

  • The Financial Times has named its 2017 Top 10 Legal Innovators in North America. It’s great to see recognized important A2J players (Stephen Manning, legal director of the Innovation Law Lab; and Joshua Browder, founder of DoNotPay), and some of the law firms who are taking AI most seriously.

 

  • Here’s more from The British Academy and the Royal Society on the need for data governance/regulation.

 

  • Justin Reilly, head of customer experience innovation for Verizon Fios, has some interesting thoughts on AI in this interview with Knowledge@Wharton. Among his conclusions: “Probably 80% of the value creation in AI is going to be in B2B or large scale infrastructure, and about 20% in customer value creation.”

 

  • Fake news: Yesterday I mentioned that Microsoft has stepped up its use of AI in its search engine, Bing. Among the new features is “one that summarizes the two opposing sides of contentious questions, and another that measures how many reputable sources are behind a given answer. Tired of delivering misleading information when their algorithms are gamed by trolls and purveyors of fake news, Microsoft and its tech-company rivals have been going out of their way to show they can be purveyors of good information—either by using better algorithms or hiring more human moderators.”

 

  • In 2018, Korn Ferry sees increased use of AI in recruiting, but not less for recruiters to do.

 

  • Here’s a a very accessible explanation of blockchain, bitcoin and related tech.

 

  • It’s Friday, so here’s a really out-of-this-world AI story:  has used Google’s  to discover a record-tying eighth  circling a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth, marking the first finding of an eight-planet solar system like ours.