• In so many ways, technology is outpacing regulation, but this week’s questioning of Mark Zuckerberg has many wondering whether the US Congress is capable of intelligently crafting such regulations. They just don’t seem to understand. Also from those hearings, “Mark Zuckerberg said today (April 10) in his testimony before the US Congress that he could see AI taking a primary role in automatically detecting hate speech on Facebook in five to 10 years.”

 

  • From Norton RoseAI is your new document drafter. “Document automation will ultimately save time and costs for clients, allowing the attorneys to focus on more intricate tasks. Document automation is, however, more effective with high-volume, low-complexity documents as there are few efficiency gains where a user is required to complete a detailed 20 page questionnaire to generate a single, complex document. In these cases, it may still be better for the lawyer to draft the document from an existing precedent with old-fashioned drafting notes.”

 

  • From Shearman & Sterling: “Shearman & Sterling publishes its sixth annual Antitrust Annual Report today.” “The EC has been very vocal about its concerns regarding the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence to engage in anti-competitive practices. The report explores possible scenarios and how an investigation would be approached.”

 

  • This sounds like an interesting new product: “Lawyers store their clauses in a multitude of places—email, local folders, old agreements. Clause Companion™ is a clause library that allows for easy storage, retrieval, and distribution of content, from within Microsoft Word and the documents they’re working on.”

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer: “India-based CaseMine, … has now moved forward with a beta version of an English case law analytics system, which ‘enhances traditional legal research to move beyond mere keywords and retrieve relevant results using entire passages and briefs’, driven by the company’s NLP tech.”

 

  • “The Asser Institute in The Hague in collaboration with a number of partners will launch its first Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law early 2019. Expert academic speakers will be offering perspectives on primarily legal but also ethical and technical aspects.” Details here.

 

  • Similar to using cameras for ‘sentiment analysis’, “Fidgetology™ rapidly quantifies body language – to assess mental health, or to estimate enjoyment of ads or other media. Brain Power developed Fidgetology in collaboration with Amazon Web Services using the company’s newest cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and computer visions tools….” Story here.

 

  • Here’s a good example of using AI to stay a step ahead of malware threats. “SE Labs Test Shows CylancePROTECT Identifies and Blocks Threats Years Before Malware Appears in the Wild”