• Epstein Becker posted this four-minute video post with firm member, Michelle Capezza, Interview – Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace. It’s about “the future workforce” but barely touches on AI.

 

  • Also from EpsteinHealth Plan Insurance on the Blockchain: An Interview with James Schutzer, Vice President, JDM Benefits. “From the repeal of the individual mandate penalty, expansion of association health plans, State proposals to increase taxes on insurers, referenced-based pricing and new “blockchain” models to purchase services directly for employees, the insured markets will be under increasing stress to survive. It is possible that these trends will accelerate the collapse of the insurance markets and usher in a government provided single payer system, and/or self-directed mode of procuring healthcare via blockchain technology.” (Only a small part of the interview is about blockchain.)

 

  • Knobbe Martens partner Bridget A. Smith authored this story (Cryptocurrency and Blockchain) from the Orange County Business Journal. “…(S)trategic application of IP law is also critical to a robust future for cryptocurrency and other blockchain-related technologies. Protecting IP rights and avoiding potentially infringing activity will become increasingly important to both innovators and prospective investors as blockchain continues to disrupt business as usual.”

 

  • From Michael VolkovArtificial Intelligence, Hype and Financial Misconduct. ” (A)rtificial intelligence or machine learning has had an impact in two areas: financial misappropriation and due diligence.” “Fraud detection requires a holistic approach to harness artificial intelligence and detection strategies.  A multi-layered approach may be an effective way to balance a company’s strategy.  The challenge is to translate artificial intelligence into actionable intelligence.”

 

  • Womble’s Roseyna Jahangir authored this in-depth analysis, Artificial intelligence versus regulation: friends or foes? “By working together to balance potentially competing factors such as technological development and consumer protection, regulators and the industry may be able to provide a stable platform to develop AI, while overcoming or at least assuaging the potential fears of the target audience for these developments. In 2001: a Space Odyssey, the conflict between AI and humans was only resolved by the ‘death’ of the AI. Let’s hope that in real life, a way of co-existence can be found instead.”

 

  • Daniel Millard of Cooley postedAI’ll Be There For You: European Commission Appoints Expert Group to Advise on AI. “With its deep industry knowledge and breadth of industry contacts, the AI HLG will seek to ensure that the Commission achieves its aim of making the EU a world-leader in the development of AI technology.”

 

  • This half hour audio post from Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert (The Geek in Review) summarizes the proceedings of the recent AALL conference, including several AI touchpoints.

 

  • I don’t subscribe to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, but just the title of this article says something about how far we’ve come: Can consent to search be obtained via Google Translate?

 

  • There continues to be a LOT of AI deal volume and, of course, concomitant legal work. According to PwC, Report: AI Drives VC Investment as Canada Hits $900 Million USD for Second Straight Quarter.

 

  • AI you can use! (Well, maybe someday.) In Japan, ‘flying umbrella’ frees hands. “Essentially a small unmanned aircraft, the umbrella utilizes artificial intelligence to hover above users as they walk.”

 

  • In this presentation, (Mark Cuban on dangers of A.I.: If you don’t think Terminator is coming, ‘you’re crazy’) Mark Cuban presents several warnings about AI, from jobs to warfare.
  • Must Read: LawGeex is/are back with the 2018 edition of their LegalTech Buyer’s Guide. As promised, it provides: “130+ top technology solutions, definitive step-by-step guide on buying legal tech, first-person accounts from law departments, in-depth analysis of leading players in 16 categories of legal tech, and jargon-free explanation of legal “buzzwords.” Of course my favorite section is “AI: From Buzzword to Bulwark.”

 

  • From AustraliasianLawyer.com: “Several law firms are working with Tel Aviv-based legal tech venture LitiGate to further develop and test a litigation platform that uses artificial intelligence to automate legal research and argument assessment in relation to High Court applications. Taylor Wessing, Miscon de Reya, and BakerMcKenzie are working with the tech firm which aims to revolutionize legal services. Ben Allgrove, Baker McKenzie’s Global R&D Partner, says investing in new technology is paramount. “Technology and AI are transforming the delivery of legal services and our partnership with LitiGate is a great opportunity for us to support them develop cutting edge legal tech solutions, and ultimately shape the future of law. This collaboration is a core part of our innovation strategy and we look forward to embarking on this journey with LitiGate.”

 

 

  • Legal chatbot will tell you whether new EU data laws apply to your South African business: “Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence that responds on the new European Union data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).” Story here.

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer, “Pan-African law firm, Bowmans, has chosen Kira Systems for AI-driven review work in M&A, private equity and compliance matters.”

 

  •  Also from Artificial Lawyer, news of another player in the contract review field. “A new legal AI-driven contract review company, Heretik, which operates primarily through the well-known Relativity ediscovery platform, could well be the shape of things to come.”

 

  • Press release: “Swedish corporate law firm Setterwalls has selected Luminance’s artificial intelligence platform to improve the efficiency of its due diligence process in M&A transactions.”

 

  • Check out ‘Legal Robot‘, According to Inc.com, it’s “an AI-powered “legal advisor” that helps both lawyers and consumers build contracts. Built to overcome the difficulty of understanding legal language, the app uses deep learning and natural language processing to create models of contracts for various scenarios and uses. It can then translate the terminology into layman’s terms, compare documents to create a language benchmark for consistency, and ensure compliance. The app aims to help businesses identify risks and pinpoint their specific blind spots in creating contracts, and its ability to learn and transform its understanding boosts its likelihood of doing that.”

 

  • Amazon develops a new health team for its Alexa division. “Causing stocks to plunge across the pharmaceutical industry, to working with existing healthcare providers in a number of initiatives, the e-commerce giant is set to explore the potential of its voice-recognition technology further through its new health and wellness team.” Details here.

 

  •  This from SPACENEWS and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Artificial intelligence is changing everything, ‘We need a different mentality.’ “NGA’s answer is what the agency calls its “triple A” strategy: automation, augmentation, AI. “We intend to apply triple A by the end of this year to every image we ingest,” said Poole. It will be a massive undertaking. Just over the past year, NGA ingested more than 12 million images and generated more than 50 million indexed observations.”