• Ron Friedmann recently published and posted this excellent overview of the state of Knowledge Management (KM) in law firms today, and how we got here. Since AI is ‘all about the data,’ it’s very relevant to this blog. Among Ron’s observations: “a whole class of AI products has come to market that helps lawyers work with deal documents and contracts.” A survey is cited showing “AI+Data Science” as the number one priority of large law KM professionals in 2017.

 

  • Vanderbilt will be holding: The Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI) as part of Vanderbilt Law School’s Program on Law and Innovation on April 30, 2018. Sign up here. “SoLI’s theme of “Building Connections, Breaking Down Silos” brings together top thought and action leaders from legal academia, practicing attorneys, and technologists, to share knowledge, present alternative perspectives, and cross-pollinate ideas. SoLI’s ambitious plenary agenda includes keynote addresses, TED-style talks, dialogues between thought leaders and Summit participants, and a dynamic design thinking bootcamp inviting active collaboration among all attendees.”

 

  • From Corrs Chambers Westgarth: Does Robotics and Artificial Intelligence have a Future in the Healthcare Space? “(T)he concept of a doctorless hospital is not without controversy or concern. How can we ensure that our continued adoption of technology grows sustainably and ethically?

 

  • Artificial Lawyer reports that, “(t)he IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organisation, and smart contract and blockchain consortium the Accord Project, today announced an agreement to develop ‘techno-legal standards’ that will focus on smart contract applications in a wide variety of areas, starting with supply chain operations.”

 

  • Also from Artificial Lawyer, Dutch AI Start-Up, NDA Lynn, Seeks To Crack Everyday Doc Review. “Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are often seen as the most standard of all legal documents, the perfect test case to prove the benefits of natural language processing (NLP) for review purposes in the legal world. But, the truth is not so simple.” If you deal with contracts, this post is worth reading.