• This post from Seal’s Christina Wojcik: Legal AI – how robots can improve your bottom line. “While many lawyers tend to focus on AI as a threat – whether a robot can do my job better, faster and cheaper – the other approach is to figure out how AI can give your business and clients an edge.”

 

  • I suppose I should not be surprised that so many companies seem ill-prepared to deal with the GDPR’s imminent enforcement date. The same applies to the eagerness with which some alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) are embracing it as a chance to demonstrate their superiority to old, big law. Likewise, the author of this post on law.com. (It’s a good discussion of the relationship between law firms and ALSPs generally.)

 

  • Google’s announcement yesterday of “Duplex” received a lot of attention, much of it something akin to outrage (here, for instance). As a result, “In a bid to deliver transparency in technology and stay ahead of ethical pitfalls, Google has said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) calling system “Duplex” would now identify itself while making appointments.” More details here.

 

  •  Yesterday, “the White House convened academic researchers, industry experts and federal leaders at an event on Artificial Intelligence for American Industry. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova participated in the event and issued (this) statement.” It concludes with, “The effects of AI will be profound. To stay competitive, all companies will, to some extent, have to become AI companies. We are striving to create AI that works for them, and for all Americans.”

 

  • “Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh will offer the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence.” Details here.