• Implementation of the GDPR is only a couple of months away, so from Healthcare IT News, here’s “Europe’s GDPR privacy law is coming: Here’s what US health orgs need to know.”


  • “GE Inks Legal Outsourcing Deal With UnitedLex, Eying Big Savings.” UnitedLex says the agreement will help GE shave 30 percent off its legal spend in areas ranging from e-discovery and document review to litigation and operations. Details here.


  • From Artificial Lawyer, “ThoughtRiver, the legal AI contract review and compliance platform, has been selected by global renewable materials company Stora Enso to run trials to pre-screen a wide range of sales agreements with the aim of reducing the time it takes to review its contracts.”


  • This Chinese consumer-oriented translation device sounds pretty impressive.


  • For the serious AI geeks out there, here’s a bit about recent efforts to better understand how AI systems make their decisions.


  • It has been a while since I’ve posted one of my Friday ‘thought pieces,’ so this week I’ll give you three:

– Here’s a good one from Smithsonian.com and the April edition of Smithsonian Magazine, “What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?” It’s definitely worth you time. (BTW, @SmithsonianMag always has a lot of great content.)


– From Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s council on education, gender, and work this essay: “If We Don’t Stop The AI Fearmongering We’ll Have a Lot More To Fear.”

“Unfortunately, the United States hasn’t yet taken the lead. There are no national plans to tackle the issue. And while a lot of discussion is developing around the idea of a universal basic income, that is a distraction, not a solution. Education and training are what matter, and solutions addressing them are most urgent.”


– And H/T to David Ackert for alerting me to a very interesting story in the current issue of Wired. It’s titled, “Fighting Words” and it tells the story of the Alexa Prize, Amazon’s contest to develop conversational AI via Alexa. Sadly, I have not been able to find it online. If you have a copy of Wired with this cover, go to page 72. Meanwhile, for a taste of what it’s about, go to your Amazon device and say, “Alexa, let’s chat.”

(BTW, a one-year subscription to Wired is available through Amazon for $5 and includes Kindle access (which works on Android and iOS devices, not just Amazon Fire.)