• Artificial Lawyer has started the new year off quite busy. For instance:

US legal AI start-up, LegalSifter, is pioneering a ‘re-sale’ strategy of its automated contract review and advisory system with law firms buying in the AI tech and then re-selling its capabilities to clients.

Another (Spanish) law firm, in this case, Araoz & Rueda, has chosen UK-based Luminance for the automation of its M&A due diligence work.

UK law firm Mishcon de Reya has today opened applications for the second round of its MDR LAB legal tech incubator for start-ups.

  • Lest there be any doubt as to the amount of IP work being generated by AI, in 2017 IBM received 9043 patents, many of which were in AI or AI-related fields, as described here.


  • The mission statement of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence & Law Society (SAILS) is: “SAILS seeks to raise student awareness of the legal issues associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning. By exposing students to these issues and the people working in this space, SAILS aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration. In such a diffuse and interdisciplinary field, SAILS hopes to serve as a centralized repository of the resources and people relevant to AI/ML and the law.”


  • From ALM: “Raising Its Bet on Analytics, Littler Adds First Chief Data Analytics Officer.”


  • I’ll try to restrain myself regarding all of the nerd news coming out of CES this week. Little of it is directly applicable to the business or practice of law. Here are a couple of the coolest things from yesterday:
    • You know someone was fired over this!
    • That failure is put into context here: “…this year’s (CES) … is expected to continue all week (with presenters talking about) almost nothing other than artificial intelligence the entire time.”


  • Here’s something downright scary: “AI will soon be able to mimic any human voice.” The article discusses some frightening possibilities.


  • And here’s a baby step toward something else that could be a bit dystopian as well as useful. “Japanese scientists just used AI to read minds and it’s amazing.”


  • But on a positive note: “Artificial Intelligence can tell you your blood pressure, age, and smoking status — just by looking at your eye.”


  • As a bit of a footnote to history, an AI system in the UK was just used to once again break the Enigma Code (Turing’s great achievement that in many ways got AI started). It took just a few minutes and cost about £10.