• This post from Osborne Clarke’s Will Robertson, Mark Taylor and Tamara Quinn (Profiling and automated decision-making under GDPR) is a solid discussion of these important topics. “Profiling and automated decision-making (or ADM) are two areas of the GDPR that have caused a fair degree of confusion for businesses, often with perceived negativity and assumptions that the law significantly restricts most forms of computer-led analysis of data subjects and their activities. Not necessarily so. As per the general flavour of the GDPR, the law has undoubtedly tightened and places a greater burden and requirements on businesses wishing to carry out profiling or ADM activities. However, there’s still plenty of opportunity for those willing to understand the detail of the law, and more generally align their business models to the core themes of the GDPR.”

 

  • Here‘s a brief but interesting post about future improvements to legal search. How Much Better Can AI Make Legal Search?

 

  • From Baker Donelson’s Clinton Sanko: Legal Artificial Intelligence is Buzzing. Are You Ready? “This blog is focused on promoting responsible and knowledgeable adoption of legal AI.” This post is a somewhat skeptical review of current legal applications of AI. More to come.

 

  • Press releaseiManage Acquires Elegrity, Leader in Risk and Compliance Management. “Broadens capabilities in risk management to better protect law firms throughout the client and matter lifecycle.”

 

  • Here‘s a thought provoking post from Griffin Hamersky’s Ivy B. Grey: Innovation Is A Red Herring Without Cultural Change. “Though changing culture may be the toughest challenge law firms have ever faced, the potential rewards are enormous. No combination of automation, artificial intelligence, and firms from other sectors will be able to compete with the law firms that get this right.”

 

  • Legal AI Firm McCarthyFinch Goes to War in Law at TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield. “McCarthyFinch showed off its AI-powered platform: a virtual lawyer that can be trained and plugged into any legal process, from financial compliance to contract automation. ‘Our AI platform learns up to 100 times faster than traditional AI, using far smaller data sets,’ said Nick Whitehouse, CEO and co-founder of McCarthyFinch. ‘Most importantly, its results are entirely explainable, defensible and trustworthy.'” Big claims! Press release here and coverage here.

 

  • Legal Tech: Key Takeaways from a Unique Secondment from Aird & Berlis LLP to Diligen, a Legal Tech Company. No big surprises, but an interesting read. “There’s been a big divide historically between lawyers and non-lawyers (the term that, thankfully, is beginning to be replaced by “other professionals”), but this separation is breaking down as the legal profession begins to better understand that other professionals bring so much value to the table.”

 

  • Excellent points made here by Jean O’Grady: AI in Legal Research – Does Casetext’s “Document As Query” Search Improve Efficiency and Results? “While some of the conclusions may be valid  – I have a recoil reflex when I smell ‘the fog of hype” which sadly hovers around so many discussions of legal AI.”

 

  • Here’s one last post regarding ILTACON 2018, a review of the conference’s stories of success and failure from Tessa Ramanlal, solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and co-founder of ANIKA. “For a conference firmly rooted in AI, blockchain and all things legal tech, I was surprised that the focus of ILTACon 2018 was predominantly human. Human successes, human failures, and human communities in this evolving world of legal tech.”

 

  • From SKW Schwarz, Artificial Intelligence: operational blessing, employment law curse? discusses the implications of the German government’s recent definition of “cornerstones for an artificial intelligence strategy.” “There are, however, several areas of employment law where the use of artificial intelligence affects the response to typical disputes in a way that is different from the past.”

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer:

– Irish Firm McCann Launches New Neota Logic Compliance App. Story here.

Minority Report’ AI System, Intraspexion, Boosts ‘Pre-Crime’ Tech with dtSearch. Story here.

 

  • This post from Covington’s Jadzia Pierce is largely a teaser for an upcoming webinar. “…an equally important reason for utilizing AI may stem not from these practical considerations, but rather from the ABA Model Rules: in a comment to the Duty of Competence under Rule 1.1, lawyers are required to “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” (emphasis added).”

 

  • “The (US) military’s research arm said Friday it will invest up to $2 billion over the next five years toward new programs advancing artificial intelligence, stepping up both a technological arms race with China and an ideological clash with Silicon Valley over the future of powerful machines.” Details here.

 

Blockchain

  • Google has announced the launch of a system to search for and collect data from the Ethereum blockchain, including data on transactions from self-executing contracts. It will operate via its BigQuery enterprise data analysis platform. Artificial Lawyer coverage here.

 

  • JAMS Launches Smart Contracts, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Practice. “…the first of its kind among institutional ADR providers. The practice is focused on creating protocols that support the use of ADR in disputes arising from blockchain transactions, including smart contracts.” Press release here.

 

  • Posted by Steve Harvey, senior business developer at Legal Futures Associate Allianz Legal Protection, this is a consideration of the balance that must be struck between tech and people in the many applications of blockchain in insurance and law.

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer: “In what is the most significant sign yet of wide-scale adoption of the technology, online consumer law company, Rocket Lawyer, announced yesterday that it will be partnering with smart contract pioneer OpenLaw and blockchain developer ConsenSys, to roll out a variety of blockchain-based applications, starting off with a ‘Rocket Wallet‘ to link to the Ethereum blockchain.”
  • Later this month, Elexirr will hold a man (lawyer) vs. machine (AI) competition to see who’s best at predicting the success of complaints to The Financial Ombudsman Service. This link includes a link to register to compete.

 

  • AI doesn’t just analyze and predict, it can create art, music, prose, news stories and more. This post is a good overview of creative AI and the relevant copyright considerations.

 

  • Intraspexion does “preventative law with AI.” I enjoyed this quote from Richard Susskind re their founder’s 2015 book, Preventing Litigation: An Early Warning System to Get Big Value Out of Big Data:  “As a lawyer or client, if you prefer a fence at the top of a cliff to an ambulance at the bottom, this insightful book is essential reading.”

 

  • This interesting interview with Malcolm Frank presents his division of AI in business into three categories: 1) digitizing the customer experience, 2) creating smart products through digital extension, and 3) robotic processes behind the scenes. He mentions JP Morgan’s COIN contracts technology.

 

  • HT to Ron Friedmann for reposting this piece on the role of KM in an AI world by Nick Milton at Knoco stories .

 

  • If you’re new to AI, you’ll benefit from this: “12 Artificial Intelligence Terms You Need to Know.”

 

  • Here’s a fun and interesting infographic presenting lots of stats about AI. “3 Powerful Ways How to Use Artificial Intelligence in Your Content Marketing.”

 

  • Microsoft is intent on moving beyond narrow/vertical AI to general AI. They now have 8000 employees in the group focused on that goal. For instance, they’re partnering with Chinese search engine Baidu re self-driving cars.

 

  • Speaking of Microsoft, here’s an interesting/scary thought. Their CEO says it will be up to the tech giants to define ethics in the age of AI.

 

  • This post presents the AI vision of IBM (aka, “Watson”) CEO Ginni Rometty.

 

  • Upcoming Webinar: “Artificial Intelligence – how could it potentially help bridge the Cyber-skills Gap.” October 4, 2017. Speakers will include Mark Deem, Partner at Cooley LLP. More info here.

 

  • There have been quite a few articles lately about various forms of bias inherent in AI. Here’s a summary. Sounds to me like litigation will eventually follow.

 

  • According to Artificial Lawyer, Intraspexion has announced that the US Patent & Trademark Office has granted the company seven deep learning patents for its pioneering legal risk early warning system.

 

  • Your firm is unlikely to be using Chatbots yet, but almost certainly will. It may be useful to know that consumers prefer fairly young female ‘bots that look human. Law firm clients may differ. Regardless, your Chatbot’s persona should be consistent with your brand strategy. Much more about Chatbots in both of these articles.

Amdocs’ Smartbot seems an especially powerful tool for developing your Chatbots (e.g., integration with your CRM).

DoNotPay’s Chatbot is helping customers sue Equifax over the recent data breach.

Here’s an interesting thought piece about our “relationships” with AI, including Chatbots.

 

  • Texas Lawyer has started a five-part series, “5 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Robo-Lawyer.” In Part One, Finnegan’s Robert Kramer suggests that Robo-lawyers are inevitable, but as of today very limited.

 

  • Of course, there is real substance to the use of AI in law firms, but there is also a great deal of hype. This article addresses the hype vs. substance issue, and provides a guide to enterprises (including professional service firms) adopting AI.

 

  • Interesting read: “11 Tech Leaders Explain The Potential Of AI For Businesses.”

 

  • Many are balking at paying $1000+ for an iPhone, but paying that much for the device’s AI capabilities (e.g., neural net chip focused on image recognition and augmented reality) seems like a pretty good deal. Here’s a description of the iPhone X’s AI prowess.