The kickoff presentations for Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was a ho-hum affair. Most interesting:

  • Apple continues to stress its superiority to Google and Amazon regarding consumer privacy. Especially when compared to Facebook.
  • Siri, now siri-ously lagging behind Alexa and Google Assistant, is promised to get smarter with the release of iOS 12. The competition will not be standing still while we await that release.
  • The most full-on AI news was the improvements to the augmented reality functions. Again, it looks good in demo, but it will be a while before we can really use it.
  • No hardware announcements.

 

  • Interesting blockchain news from K&L Gates: Understanding the Effect of Wyoming’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Legislation. “As companies examine whether the recent Wyoming amendments provide them with any opportunities, they must carefully consider the actual reach and implications of the amendments. ICO issuers, for example, should carefully consider whether their token will qualify under Wyoming’s narrow exemption, the risk of implicating federal securities laws, and whether the benefits of limiting their issuance to Wyoming residents achieve their goals for the ICO.”

 

  • In the course of a presentation regarding AI and blockchain to a group of Real Estate and Construction professionals last week, I mentioned that blockchain has the potential to upend several areas related to their profession. To wit:

– Supply chain management
– Inspections
– Contracts/leases
– Estimating/budgeting/financial models
– Designs/drawings
– Multiple listing services (MLS)
– Title insurance
– Escrow
– 3rd world land registry
– Generic corporate needs (e.g., audits [automatic and continuous], remittances)

This post by Muthaura Mugambi Ayugi & Njonjo Advocates gets deeper into the subject internationally, and with a focus on Kenya.

And this postThe future of artificial intelligence in real estate transactions by Jan Hoffmeister of Drooms digs into the impact Big Data will have on the real estate industry in Europe. It is, in part, based on a survey Drooms that I have been unable to find, and thus cannot comment on the methodology. “AI complements those elements and adds huge value by making real estate processes much more automated, efficient and cost-effective.”

 

  • From Foley & Lardner: Mobility Policy and Regulation – Finding the Imperfect Solution. The post reports on the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Takeaways include, “…there is a huge gap between connected and autonomous driving technology and its regulation – a gap that needs to be closed in a flexible way – but seeking a perfect, zero-defect outcome is both unrealistic and counterproductive.”

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer:

– David Gingell, CMO of Seal Software predicts “there are two developments in computing that are starting to have a significant impact on the lawyer of the future: artificial intelligence (AI) and smart contracting.”

– On a somewhat related note, Seal has just released V.6 of its legal AI analysis system. Features, etc. here.

– “Juridoc, (is poised to become) the Brazilian answer to the likes of LegalZoom with added legal analytics, plus a legal bot based on IBM Watson technology and an automated document marketplace as well.” More here.

 

  • “From this autumn final year students at the University of Manchester will be able to take a new optional module called ‘Legal Tech and Access to Justice’ that is being delivered in partnership with AI company Neota Logic and magic circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.” Much more here.