• Don’t miss this summary from Artificial Lawyer of CLOC’s London conference. It seems there was not a lot of completely fresh thinking presented, but the points smart folks have been making for a year were clearly and emphatically reiterated, and with CLOC’s clout behind them. The “demand-side” of our industry is taking control, and insisting that law firms deliver services better, faster and cheaper or they will lose the work to in-house teams, ALSPs and smarter law firms. Incumbent law firms need to pay particular attention to the role they can/want to play as matters (disputes and deals) are disaggregated.

 

 

  • Apple’s HomePod speaker, the overdue and way more expensive competitor to Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home will be available for order this Friday and for purchase on February 9. I’ve been testing Alexa, Google Home and Siri all over my house for a couple of months — each has strengths, but Siri is clearly in 3rd place except regarding home automation and security/privacy. I’ll add HomePod to the mix ASAP and let you know how it stacks up. (More details here and here.)

 

  • Speaking of such automation, London intends to be the world’s “smartest city,” and has hired a “Chief Digital Officer” to help. (A bit more about Britain’s intent to be a world leader in AI here [subscription required].)

 

  • If you care about our planet and are interested in AI, don’t miss this report from PwC, “Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth — Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for the Earth.” It clearly lays out the relationship between AI and conservation, gives examples of companies doing the right thing in this regard (e.g., Microsoft and IBM. Check out this post from Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer) and presents a clear path for using AI to help save our planet. Kudos to Stanford for their support of this project.