I promised that today I’d start covering the AI-related stories coming out of CLOC. Much to my surprise, examination of my Twitter and LinkedIn feeds turned up many pretty pix of booths and promotion of sessions to come, but nothing of substance regarding AI. I’ll keep looking. Meanwhile:


  • From Legal Week: “Half of London’s biggest law firms believe artificial intelligence tech will lead to job cuts.” “Between 43% and 45% of law firms surveyed by commercial property company CBRE said they believed that there will be a reduction in headcount at junior and support levels due to firms’ adoption of AI, with 5% of respondents saying that they expect cuts of more than 20%.”


  • Another device using sentiment analysis: “Inspired by the sci-fi flick Her, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer (Huawei) is developing an AI assistant that will provide users with better emotional interaction. The team foresees developing a system that can remove the need of touching a smartphone for using the system. The emotionally intelligent assistant will be able to read user’s mood and respond accordingly. For an enhanced emotional interaction, the assistant can identify emotions through the voice tone, phone usage and such other data.”


  • And on the subject of Sentiment Analysis, this essay from The Hill discusses how it can be employed as a, “democratic and deliberative rulemaking process can facilitate dialogue across society in ways that the current social media echo chamber does not.”


  • Coverage of this study by the RAND Corporation has been wide. Here’s MIT’s take: ” RAND Corporation report concludes that military adoption of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies could have a destabilizing effect over the next couple of decades and lead some nation to take the nuclear option.”


  •  And finally, one more decidedly not law-related post about AI, this time from the Washington Post. I’m a fan of HBO’s Westworld, so here’s, “‘Westworld’ and ‘Ready Player One’ show how our relationship to artificial intelligence has changed.”