• In case you happen to be hanging around Oxford this Thursday with nothing in particular to do: “(t)he 2nd Annual Conference of the Oxford Business Law Blog will bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss emerging issues in the field of law and artificial intelligence.” Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE, 1:30 pm to 6.30pm. Register here.

 

  • From the IBA, these thoughts about legislation’s struggle to keep up with tech. “Another hot topic at the moment is artificial intelligence (AI) and the extent to which competition law can deal with it. When computers become involved in pricing for goods and services (as is the case at Amazon or Uber), for example, the potential for collusion is even greater than when humans are setting the prices.”

 

  • Also from the IBA: Dubai has been making a lot of news lately about its plans to become an international player in AI. Now, it seems the courts are getting involved. “(T)he Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is launching ambitious plans to set up the first ‘Court of the Future’, a model whose proponents say will forever change the way commercial courts do business. ‘Courts have not been disruptive. We need a disruptive court,’ says Mark Beer, Chief Executive and Registrar General of the DIFC Courts. ‘We’ve got to break free from the atmosphere that we live in, thinking what we designed 200 years ago is right for today or tomorrow.’ What Dubai wants to do is combine the use of extensive technology to deliver justice more efficiently with pioneering court decisions that deal with commercial disputes arising from new, and often largely untested, technology.” This includes AI.

 

 

  • Here, from WebMastersJury, is a very cool infographic about chatbots — LOTS of data. (I expect that once one Big Law firm seriously incorporates a Chatbot in its digital strategy, many others will follow very quickly.)

 

  • There has been a lot of news lately about legal “hackathons”. I’ll be attending my first next month. Here is a good explanation of what they’re all about.

 

  • Since I started this blog almost a year ago, there has been a steady stream of advancements in using AI for live (or near-live) translation. Now, it’s coming to Alexa.