• This seems to be promising an awful lot. I have not investigated, but will look for more information. For now, here’s part of the post:

Leading artificial intelligence company iFlytek Co Ltd is developing an AI-enabled system to assist courts in judging criminal cases….(T)he company was authorized by the Ministry of Science and Technology to build China’s first national laboratory for cognitive intelligence. The company, affiliated with the University of Science and Technology of China, a premier school in the country, is partnering with Shanghai High People’s Court to test the smart trial system. “We now can use AI to help judges review four types of cases, namely murder, theft, telecom fraud and illegal fundraising,” said Liu Qingfeng, chairman of iFlytek. “The number will jump to 79 types by the end of this year,” he said. According to Liu, who is also a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress, the AI system can automatically judge whether the evidences are contradictory or complete enough to support a sentence, as well as which laws and regulations can be used, how previous similar cases are tried and suggest an appropriate sentence for reference. … “The accuracy of the system reaches 97 percent, higher than the 80 percent in Europe,” he said, “This is not a single skill, but a full set of capabilities involving voice recognition, big data, semantic reasoning, knowledge mining and incremental learning.”


  • From Reuters, this very large AI acquisition. “S&P Global Inc (SPGI.N) will buy artificial intelligence and analytics firm Kensho Technologies Inc for about $550 million in cash and shares, the ratings agency said on Tuesday.”



  • From Rhonda Shirreff of Norton Rose Canada: “Will Artificial Intelligence Need Human Rights Training? Despite all of the advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), experts reveal that these technologies are not immune from some of the less-than-admirable tendencies which afflict humans.” Responsibilities of employers are discussed.


  • From Artificial Lawyer, here are some useful ideas around technology and the customer experience the legal industry can adapt from the experience of insurers.


  • More (creepy?) AI for your home. The new Google Nest doorbell cam (Nest Hello) will recognize the faces of your visitors and tell you who’s at the door. First, you need to set up the faces.


  • And still even more (creepy) AI — literally reading your mind. “Think that Google’s search algorithms are good at reading your mind? That’s nothing compared to a new artificial intelligence research project coming out of Japan, which can analyze a person’s brain scans and provide a written description of what they have been looking at. To generate its captions, the artificial intelligence is given an fMRI brain scan image, taken while a person is looking at a picture. It then generates a written description of what they think the person was viewing. An illustration of the level of complexity it can offer is: “A dog is sitting on the floor in front of an open door” or “a group of people standing on the beach.” Both of those turn out to be absolutely accurate.”