• Eversheds Sutherland has issued a legal alert, “Legal Alert: Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2018.” Among the targets, regulators “…focusing heavily on potential risks related to accelerated underwriting and the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in insurance, including trying to determine how these issues fit into existing regulatory structures.”

 

  • It’s not quite CES, but the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show in New York this week was a conference about shopping that “looked more like an expo for tech,” “crowded with alert systems primed to recognize heavy-spending customers, so-called smart shelves fitted with real-time inventory trackers and robots for every step of the supply chain.” The conference “featured … discussions of artificial intelligence, big data and automation filled stages and meeting booths modeled after fitting rooms.”

 

  • We’re just over two weeks into 2018, and I’ve already posted about three upcoming events focusing on AI. The latest AI Forum will be in Montreal, and is presented by “Element AI” and “C2 Montréal.” The rather vague description of the three-day event is, “The Artificial Intelligence Forum will look at the vast potential of AI while exploring the possibilities it harbors for the future. This year’s conferences and panels will cater to company executives and leaders who want to leverage artificial intelligence as a business solution, those who want to better manage AI’s impact on their existing resources, as well as those who strive to dig deeper into their understanding of this new technology.”

 

  • And another AI-focused webinar: “The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, has announced today that Larissa Park, Partner, DLA Piper will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Artificial Intelligence and The Patent Law: Promises and Perils Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET).

 

  • Leading AI vendors like Neota Logic will be presenting at CLOC’s inaugural European conference next week. That’s one I wish I could attend!

 

  • Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited, highlights the top three technology trends in the legal sector in 2018: 1) “shift from optimistic to pessimistic security,” 2) “‘me too’ AI products will become prevalent and software vendors will rush to embed AI within their applications” and 3) “with the GDPR countdown truly in motion, law firms will adopt more advanced approaches to data security.” Details here.

 

  • This post from Gowling presents an overview of the French data protection rules and how they will be changed by the coming GDPR. (There’s a link to the free PDF of the article.)

 

  • Time and again I have argued that laws and regulations need to catch up to AI tech. Here’s a countering position by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue who, on January 10, 2018, warned that “techlash” is a threat to prosperity in 2018. Thoughtful moderation in the laws and regulations are certainly needed, but Donohue goes much too far in his resistance.

 

  • Artificial Lawyer reports that Casetext will soon launch of two enhancements to its NLP litigation analysis platform. 1) Black Letter Law enables users to quickly identify axiomatic statements of law. 2) The Holdings feature is the largest searchable collection of concise case summaries ever assembled. Much more detail here.

 

  • Cool infographic of Six Ways AI Can Help Lawyers here.

 

  • Here’s some AI that I, personally, am not crazy about: “Smart technology pioneer FliteTrak … is in advanced talks with European partners for the roll-out of its ViatorAero intelligent remote monitoring technology for passenger seating on major airlines, … the first working technology to monitor individual seats for such variables as temperature, movement, seat belt closure and mobile phone activation….” I do not want you to know that as we taxied to the gate, I prematurely unbuckled my seat belt and turned on my iPhone. Three cheers to Southwest for not caring!!