• Peking University Law School has launched the Peking University Legal AI Lab and Research Institute (the “Legal AI Lab”) to focus on the analysis, development and application of AI across China’s legal ecosystem.

 

  • A Columbia Law School grad, Mark Billion, had founded BankruptcyAnywhere.com, intended to “dramatically reduce legal costs for lower income filers.” From the website, “(e)asy as doing your taxes online.”

 

  • This appears to be a significant ($4.5 billion market cap in its token value) coming together of AI and Blockchain with serious backers (including ARM and Huawei Technologies). “Our vision at Bottos is to build and become the world’s largest global data sharing network to evolve the AI ecosystem via smart data contracts on a Blockchain infrastructure.”

 

  • Here, from DiscoverReady, is a good glossary including AI, Machine Learning, Analytics, and Technology Assisted Review (TAR).

 

  • Artur Kiulian has a few solid tips for “Business Networking In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence.”

 

  • Looking back:

From Law.com: “7 Law Firms That Moved the Needle on Innovation in 2017.” There’s some impressive stuff in here, and they only mention seven firms. 2017 was a pretty good year for law firm tech innovation.

Here are the ABA Journal’s “Top Legal Tech Stories of 2017.” There’s remarkably little related to AI.

MIT Tech Review declared 2017, “The Year AI Floated into the Cloud,” especially Google, Microsoft and Amazon. They expect much more of the same in 2018.

Here’s a quick overview of the top tech news of 2017. And here are the top AI stories from the UK’s Computer Weekly.

 

  • Looking ahead:

Here are Fox Rothschild’s predictions as to the “Cybersecurity Trends that will Shape 2018.”

From Law.com, “Many Businesses Are Expected to Move Forward With Machine Learning in 2018.” “2018 may be the year machine learning truly takes off.” “For modern legal service delivery, you now not only need lawyers, but also data scientists,” but data scientists will be in short supply.

From the ABA Journal, “(h)ere are eight things you can do to get yourself and your new (or established) law firm ready for whatever comes next. None of them requires artificial intelligence.” (Read closely, they really do.)

SHRM’s interpretation of a recent Gartner report sees Blockchain, AI, Intelligent Apps and Analytics, IoT and Chatbots as the tech most likely to impact HR in 2018. The article includes a few recommendations to get ready.

Smartphones will make use of their baked-in AI chips.

Kia and Hyundai are planning to develop a new AI assistant (think Siri & Alexa) that will be part of their vehicles beginning in 2019.

And finally for 2017, from the “if only!” desk, AI bringing us a three-day work week.