• This short piece by Bernard Marr (“Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: 3 Major Benefits of Combining these Two Mega-Trends”) is worth reading but I disagree that blockchain is likely to “explain decisions made by AI.” If only!

 

  • Speaking of blockchain, in this post, Kevin Gidney, co-founder of Seal Software asks, “What do blockchain, artificial intelligence and quantum computing mean for smart contracts?” The discussion of costs is especially worthwhile.

 

  • In this podcast, Brian Kuhn and David Fisher, discuss the recent NYC legal hackathon, the “Cognitive Legal Challenge” and IBM’s Cognitive Legal Practice; especially, getting AI to think/reason like lawyers, including crowdsourcing. The concept of “cartridges” is especially interesting. Good stuff.

 

  • Almost live, accurate transcription of meetings and conference calls, even recognizing and tagging voices? That would be soooo useful. Here, Sam Liang of AISense discusses the possibility with ZDNet. The technology is called Ambient Voice Intelligence. It assigns 10 keywords to the transcript to facilitate search. Fascinating, but I’m skeptical. The app is available at Otter.ai, the Apple App Store, and the Google Play Store. I plan to try it this weekend.

 

  • Here’s a good summary of this week’s “Legal Leaders IT Forum” aka “Glenlegal.” It includes discussion of AI, the cloud, pricing and the Big 4. The discussion of who should lead innovation (CIO? COO? KM Team? Tech Partner? A combination?) at law firms is particularly interesting. Examples are cited.

 

  • From Crowell & Moring, “Can the Government Foster Innovation While Regulating New Technology? Check Out ‘Digital Transformation: The Sky’s The Limit’ – Part of Crowell & Moring’s 2018 Regulatory Forecast.”

 

  • This episode of the Insurance Law Podcast discusses recent bad faith decisions and significant insurance coverage developments. “As insurers rely more on artificial intelligence to process claims, these types of rulings will become increasingly challenging.” A transcript is also available.

 

  • And for your weekend reading, this discussion of AI composing music, including Beatles-esque “Daddy’s Car.” Copyright implications are discussed.