• Check out this interesting post by Gerry Riskin about LTaaS (Legal Technology as a Service). It seems Allen & Overy is using Neota Logic technology to offer some fresh packaging/delivery of services. It’s branded “aosphere.”


  • From  Alicia Ryan, Knowledge & Innovation Delivery Manager at Fenwick via Artificial Lawyer, this projection of how consumers of corporate legal services may see AI in about 5 years.


  • Also from Artificial Lawyer, this post by Laura van Wyngaarden, COO of legal AI company, Diligen, in which she discusses client pressure on legal fees and how legal AI technology can play a positive role. She makes good points about using AI to increase efficiency, but keep in mind that optimal pricing need not be a race to the bottom, being the cheapest. A healthier approach is to discover the client’s value drivers in each situation and work to meet those criteria, and price accordingly. More discussion of this here.


  • I’m usually somewhat selective about posting AI content from law firms, but to give you an idea of how much is typically out there, here are almost all of the AI-related briefs from law firms I have seen in the past two days:

I have often mentioned the need for regulations and laws to catch up with AI. Here, from Neil Kirby, Director for Healthcare and Life Sciences Law at Werksmans Attorneys is a good review of the state of affairs in AI and healthcare regulation in South Africa. His general observations are relevant across borders.

From DLA Piper: “Connected devices and the Internet of Things: What insurers need to know.”

and, “Top 5 Internet of Things predictions for 2018.” (It’s all about the data, and hence, the GDPR.)

From Frost Todd Brown: “You Can’t Sue a Robot: Are Existing Tort Theories Ready for Artificial Intelligence?”

An interview with McDonald Carano’s IT Director, Rob Sawyer: “Automating Law-Firm Contracts.”

From Goulston & Storrs: “Facial Recognition in Retail: “Attention all Shoppers: We Already Know Everything about You.”

From Tom Fox Law: “Using AI In a Compliance Function – Part I.”

From Allen & Overy: “Using artificial intelligence to fight financial crime – a legal risk perspective.”

From Bird & Bird: “Data, Database Law, and Digital Innovation – Lessons from the Technomed Telemedicine case in the English High Court.”

From Littler: “AI’s Transformational Role in Making HR More Objective While Overcoming the Challenge of Illegal Algorithm Biases”


  • Here’s a good overview of what AI my hold for document management in the coming few years.


  • From The Guardian: In the UK, “Police ‘may need AI to help cope with huge volumes of evidence’.”


  • And while we’re in the UK, Artificial Lawyer reports that Allen & Overy’s banking practice has adopted deal management platform, Legatics. (It seems I post about Allen & Overy at least once a week.)


  • From the always excellent Attorney-At-Work folks, here are several summaries of the most interesting stuff at last week’s Legalweek 2018.

And there are many interesting AI observations and slide shots from Legalweek here.


  • Gotta love this application of AI and facial recognition: “AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second. … Thousands of animals including elephants, tigers, rhinos, and gorillas are poached each year. Researchers at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society have long been applying AI to protect wildlife. Initially, computer scientists were using AI and game theory to anticipate the poachers’ haunts, and now they have applied artificial intelligence and deep learning to spot poachers in near real-time.”


  • From our ‘Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye‘ bureau, “Police in China are wearing facial-recognition glasses. … Fixed facial recognition cameras have been in use to fight public toilet paper theft and to catch beer festival-going criminals in China, and now the technology is being mounted onto wearable glasses to eliminate any blind spots for crimes.” There’s much more here about the “insidious downside” of China’s massive investment in artificial intelligence.

Even in the US, as discussed here, consumers seem to be giving up interest in their privacy.


  • Finally, for an hour of your weekend listening pleasure, here’s “Frontiers Lecture: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence with Max Tegmark and Neil deGrasse Tyson.”