• This post from Ron Friedmann (Exploding Legal Surveys and Conferences) is a good way to start the week. Ron asserts that one of the common findings of these ever-proliferating surveys is “that large law firms and corporate law departments have already transformed, if not been disrupted.” He rightly concludes that this is “hogwash.” I suggest that, as I have proven several times in this blog, many (probably most) surveys about our industry are conducted for marketing/promotional purposes — largely to generate clickbait headlines — and employ such poor research methodology as to be laughable. Again, caveat emptor.

 

  • From Oklahoma State’s Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business, Mike Schuster, this 3:20 video on patent laws and AI.

 

  • Check out this post from Joanna Goodman. It’s a solid discussion of AI-powered analysis tools (“the use of algorithms in the justice system”) with a deep dive re chatbots. “How will tighter data protection regulations affect development of legal services and AI‑powered analysis tools? Law firms and counsel have to walk the talk on compliance.”

 

  • In this post (AI, Compliance & The Value of Collaboration: Part I — The Compliance Role), Thomas Fox discusses “what a compliance professional can bring to an AI solution.” It’s a pretty deep dive.

 

  • With GDPR behind us (right??), next comes California’s data protection law. Here’s the best discussion of that one I’ve seen so far. Sullivan & Cromwell Discusses California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. “Businesses need to consider how to apply the requirements of the CCPA with their information technology systems that handle PI (personal information) and address potential challenges in applying the new rules to important areas like big data analytics and artificial intelligence algorithms that leverage PI.”

 

  • From McCarthy Tétrault this in-depth white paper. The title tells it all: From Chatbots to Self-Driving Cars: The Legal Risks of Adopting Artificial Intelligence in Your Business. It’s almost a year old (sorry I missed it when first published), but still very relevant. It includes country-by-country analyses, and analysis by area of law.

 

  • Also from McCarthy, this news release “announc(ing its) membership with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the world’s largest open source blockchain initiative and the EEA Legal Working Group, founded to bring together leading global law firms and leading legal minds to explore building legal use cases and applications using blockchain technology. In addition, McCarthy Tétrault became a contributor to the OpenLaw smart contract project.

 

  • This Artificial Intelligence Deals Tracker from CB Insights even includes “legal”. There are trends from 2013 to present and a link to sign up for the full report.

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer, “The UK’s Law Commission, which was created by the Government to help study the need to reform and improve the law, has launched a special ‘scoping study’ to explore smart contracts. It will look at what needs to be done to ensure that current law is ‘sufficiently certain and flexible to apply in a global, digital context and to highlight any topics which lack clarity or certainty’ in relation to using smart contracts.” More here.