• This article is an outsider’s look at AI’s applicability to legal work. Legal AI: How Machine Learning Is Aiding — and Concerning — Law Practitioners.

 

  • Here, Skadden has more to say about the Export Control Reform Act. “The review process is expected to focus on cutting-edge technologies, including robotics; artificial intelligence; machine learning; positioning, navigation and timing; 5G; aerospace; financial technology; and virtual/augmented reality. ECRA directs the interagency review process to consider multiple factors in assessing whether a technology is “emerging and foundational,” including (i) the development of similar technologies in foreign countries, (ii) the impact export controls would have on the development of the technology in the U.S., and (iii) the effectiveness of export controls on limiting the proliferation of the technology to foreign countries.”

 

  • It seems we’re making progress in one of the real obstacles to application of AI in law — the blackbox nature of AI-based decision-making. MIT Lincoln Laboratory develops AI that shows its decision-making process. “Artificial intelligence (AI) that explains its decisions like a human? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.” Summary of (and link to) a paper from MIT here. That problem is mentioned in this post from McCarthy Tétrault. (To Lead In AI, House Of Lords Urges UK To Stay Nimble, Focus On Ethics, And Look To Canada)

 

  • Facebook adds 24 new languages to its automated translation service. “More than 6 billion translations take place on Facebook every day. The new language pairs add to the more than 4,000 available on Facebook today, but are distinct in that they tackle a longstanding problem in machine translation.” A discussion of that problem here.

 

Blockchain

  • From Artificial Lawyer: “Smart contract pioneer OpenLaw has integrated Chainlink’s decentralized oracle service to denominate agreements in US dollars and settle them in the Ether cryptocurrency, ‘creating the first real world link between traditional agreements and fiat currencies‘ says the New York-based team.” “What this video does that we have not seen before is that it shows this approach is not just a theoretical model – this is a real integration, i.e. OpenLaw can do this for real. It works.” Check out this 6-minute video.