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  • Legalweek (formerly Legaltech) is just a few days away, so here’sA Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest Week In Legal Technology.

 

  • Data & Analytics: Transforming Law Firms” has just been published by ALM Intelligence and LexisNexis. Here’s an executive summary and link to the report.

 

  • Here’s a fresh essay about law firm innovation from  of Thomson Reuters Legal Managed ServicesGreasing The Gears Of Legal Commerce — Automatic, Systematic, Hydromatic (alt.legal) Innovation. “CLOs indicated that nearly 25 percent of outside counsel fees are “price-insensitive.”

 

  • The Big 4 continue their relentless march into legal. I skip most of these posts, but this one specifically mentions AI: KPMG expands Asia Pacific legal services. “It will also offer technology enabled legal services, using robotics, artificial intelligence and other technologies developed globally and in China through the KPMG digital ignition centre.”

 

  • This is an interesting post by Charles P. Edwards of Barnes & Thornburg: The Noisy Business of the Law and Insurance Claims. “…(T)he idea we humans are needed for most decisions is an ‘illusion.'”

 

  • Here’s a good example of a law firm (Amsterdam’s De Brauw) using tech as a differentiating marketing strategyHop on board and experience the value of legal tech and project management.

 

  • Bob Ambrogi posted this 47-minute podcast: LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai.

 

  • From Arup Das of Alphaserve Technologies, here’s an interesting discussion of the age-old build vs. buy conundrum: How to Approach Legal Innovation: Options for Every Firm.

 

  • This is a thought-provoking post: Can Deepfakes Pose a Cybersecurity Threat to Legal? ““Deepfakes are real and emerging as an issue but they, like certain types of technology, could emerge very quickly; we talk about this today and it could be a very big deal in six months or it could be nothing,” Reed Smith’s Stegmaier cautioned. “We simply don’t know.””

 

  • This hour-long podcast is from the Lawyerist: “In this episode with Natalie Worsfold, we talk about her law firm’s approach to law practice, and why more firms aren’t following suit. We start by asking Natalie what problem Counter Tax was trying to solve, then explore how they solved it, what their solution does now, and the plans they have to evolve and grow their solution.”

 

  • This is an idea I have been kicking around for a while. Nick Hilborne gives it the thought I believe it’s due: “Reproduction of the legal profession” at risk from automation. “If junior associates are ‘gradually culled’ from law firms as a result of automation, the entire reproduction of the legal profession could be jeopardised….'” And here’s a US write up of the same issue: Junior Lawyers Are Going Extinct And Nobody Knows What To Do About It.

 

  • AI Goes to Court: A Conversation With Lex Machina and Dorsey & Whitney. Post here.

 

From Artificial Lawyer:

  • The Benefits of the LexisNexis LegalTech Accelerator. Post here.
  • EY and Artificial Lawyer Hold Legal Ops + Technology Event.  Post here.
  • Slaughter and May Names 3rd Fast Forward Cohort, Inc. Blockchain Co. Post here.
  • Meet ATJ Bot – The World’s First Legal Aid Voice Assistant. Post here.
  • How to Build Your Business Case For Contract Management – The Juro Guide. Post here.
  • Oz + NZ Professional Services Startup of the Year Award Launched. Post here.
  • Legal AI Co. CourtQuant Predicts Hard Brexit Impact on British Law. Post here.
  • Christian Lang + Former TR Boss, Tom Glocer, Join Reynen Court. Post here.
  • GCs Keen To Embrace Tech Tools + Legal Ops Skills – Survey. Post here. (Note: This story is based on a survey where n=80. Assuming no other methodological problems [big assumption!], this means that in all of the findings each number is well within the margin of sampling error of the statistics above and below it on the graphs.)
  • Meet Fincap Law: A New Tech-Driven Firm For the New Legal Era. Post here.

 

Posts by Law Firms:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Eric A. Klein and Aytan Dahukey of Sheppard Mullin posted: Day 2 Notes From The 2019 JPMorgan Healthcare Conference. “We are seeing a lot of healthcare entities starting to focus on precision medicine – artificial intelligence suggesting which oncology drug works best for your specific genetic condition and cancer – but that essentially is a transactional function. And the market really wants a partnering function ” Post here.

 

 

 

  • From Reed SmithDraft ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence published by the European Commission. Post here.

 

 

  • Akin Gump postedPolicymakers Focused on Artificial Intelligence, Write Akin Gump Lawyers in The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.

 

  • Hogan Lovells postedLitigating intellectual property issues: The impact of AI and machine learning.

 

Press Releases and sponsored posts:

  • Here’s a thorough explanation of Gavelytics: Want Better Litigation Outcomes? Know Your Judges. “…(W)ith Gavelytics, you finally get the quantifiable and reliable judge information you need to customize your litigation strategy and increase your chances of winning.”

 

 

  • Gibson Dunn launches AI and automated systems group. Post here.

 

  • The world’s first virtual lawyer, built for Amazon’s Alexa, tests whether lawyers will be replaced by robots. “Australian legal-technology company Smarter Drafter have announced a prototype virtual lawyer, built on Amazon’s Alexa, that creates legal.” documents instantly, just like a real human lawyer. Here’s the Smart Drafter release. Hype much?? And then there’s this: “No date has been set for the release of the first working Alexa integration.”

 

  • HaystackID Acquires eDiscovery Managed Services Provider eTERA, Release here.

 

  • Legal IT Newswire New Product News… Alphaserve Technologies launch Execution as a Service. Post here.

 

  • I’m including this because I used to work there! Am Law 200 Firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Selects Litera Desktop, Litera Microsystems Full Document Drafting Suite.

 

Blockchain

 

 

 

 

  • From the Baker & Hostetler Energy BlogNew Blockchain Products, an FBI Raid, the $11 Billion Bitcoin Case, Hackers Strike With a 51 Percent Attack and Crypto Tax Analysis. Post here.

 

 

  • Here’s a deep dive into the legal services offered by Oath ProtocolThe Lay of the Land in Blockchain Dispute Resolution and Governance Designs.
  • When a client asked Gowling to use AI to analyze a large batch of contracts, they discovered that implementing the system wasn’t exactly plug & play — not even close. A struggle at first, it was ultimately “better, faster and cheaper.” This article does a good job of laying out the process, pitfalls and eventual benefits.

 

 

  • Also from Artificial Lawyer, “… Deloitte, along with Deloitte Legal* and specifically Shanghai Qin Li Law Firm, has developed an AI tool that will help companies in China with regulatory issues. Moreover, it has been trained to work in Mandarin in order to access local law and regulation changes.” Much more here.

 

  • Norton Rose: “Canada — Opportunity For Artificial Intelligence Stakeholders To Shape Copyright Act.” This post discusses the relevance of AI to copyright and offers to submit readers’ comments “to the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada for their consideration in preparing a submission to the government as part of the consultation process.”

 

  • Also from Norton Rose, this in-depth article “Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law.” Nice placement in The Journal of Robotics,
    Artificial Intelligence & Law.

 

 

  • Hiring: This AI-based program conducts video interviews of job seekers to winnow down the candidates for in-person evaluation. HireVue “gives hypothetical scenarios and questions, records responses and produces a score based on things like word choice, facial expressions and eye contact.” Even non-verbal communications such as eye-rolls are detected. It’s seen as a step toward eliminating bias in the hiring process.
  • This article presents four solid strategies for improving customer/client engagement. They may be a bit of a stretch for a law firm, but none are far out of reach and each should be considered.

Offer an omni-channel experience.

Understand the customer’s changing needs via AI.

Get specific with machine learning.

Make digital communications interactive.

 

 

  • press release states, “Alphaserve Technologies, a global provider of managed IT, cloud and cybersecurity services, has introduced a version of its popular artificial intelligence consulting service for the legal market. The company offers data science as a service to improve law firm business processes, leveraging its own intellectual property including ITIL-based processes, a proprietary tool and more than 200 experts around the globe.

 

 

  • There must have been something in the water this past weekend as there were more negative AI storied published than usual (there are always a few). Some lamented the possibility of complexity getting out of control (unintended consequences, misuse, wrong priorities, malicious computers) to the detriment of mankind (back to the 2001 and Terminator scenarios), a couple suggested that things may not progress nearly as fast as most have predicted (no “singularity” any time soon), and by far most noteworthy, speaking at the US National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence Rhode Island, Elon Musk went negative again, this time suggested some pretty dire consequences if we don’t get serious about AI regulation (hear! hear!). (His remarks were quoted hundreds of times in media from India to China to NYC to Silicon Valley.)

Musk: “A.I. is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” “In a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not,” he added. “They were harmful to a set of individuals … but not harmful to society as a whole. A.I. is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”

This article includes a link to his whole talk, beginning at the 43-minutes mark.

On a positive note from one of this weekend’s pessimistic stories, if you’re a plumber, your job is probably safe for the foreseeable future.

[Editorial: I still believe the greatest threat posed by AI in the next couple of decades is the exacerbation of the unequal distribution of wealth.]

  • And finally, something to start the week off right for the total AI nerd/geek: this collection of cheat sheets for AI, Neural Networks, Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Big Data.