• A2J?This ‘Serial Entrepreneur’ Thinks Finding a Lawyer Can Be as Easy as Hailing an Uber. “For $20, Kevin Gillespie’s ‘Text A Lawyer’ service lets consumers send a legal question to a pool of lawyers to pick up for a response.” “…(W)hich will solely focus on landlord/tenant issues in Oregon and Washington during

  • Contracts!

– Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have joined Dentons, K&L Gates, DLA Piper and others in The Accord Project to create standards for legal smart contracts for various practice areas. Details here.

Artificial Lawyer reports that “Fasken has announced that it has adopted Kira

  • This short piece by Bernard Marr (“Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: 3 Major Benefits of Combining these Two Mega-Trends”) is worth reading but I disagree that blockchain is likely to “explain decisions made by AI.” If only!
  • Speaking of blockchain, in this post, Kevin Gidney, co-founder of Seal Software asks, “What do blockchain, artificial

  • Law firm websites are notoriously confusing for visitors to navigate, so I am surprised that I have not yet seem one with a chatbot to take the user directly to the pages they need. As reported here, chatbots are becoming very sophisticated and people are beginning to favor talking to devices rather than typing.

  • Don’t miss this summary from Artificial Lawyer of CLOC’s London conference. It seems there was not a lot of completely fresh thinking presented, but the points smart folks have been making for a year were clearly and emphatically reiterated, and with CLOC’s clout behind them. The “demand-side” of our industry is taking control, and insisting

  • AI news from Manzama: Manzama Signals is ready for prime time. “Manzama Signals is our newest innovation designed to help firms leapfrog the competition by using proprietary algorithms to identify activities or indicators that may signal opportunities for law firms thereby helping legal professionals to better act upon opportunities. Signals employs data driven models to

My biggest takeaway from last week’s CES show in Vegas is that as 2018 begins, voice assistants, especially Amazon Alexa and Google Home, are the hottest things going. Similar tech is offered by Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, but they lag far behind. Just about everyone seems convinced that voice interfaces are here to stay