• It seems the FCC plans to have a rather light touch when it comes to regulating AI. “FCC chair Ajit Pai signaled that when it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning, the FCC was smart enough to exercise regulatory humility, particularly given that the technology could revolutionize communications, but registered concern about AI

Must Read: This (Lola v. Skadden and the Automation of the Legal Profession) long (77 pages), heavily annotated (404 footnotes) scholarly article from the Yale Journal of Law & Technology “analyzes the long-term impact of the Second Circuit’s opinion in Lola v. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 620 F. App’x 37

  • From Law360BigLaw’s High Costs Drive Cos. Toward Boutique Law Firms. I expect the same forces that are driving companies to engage smaller law firms (i.e., desire for better, faster, cheaper services) are driving them to Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs) and firms employing technology to better leverage their attorneys’ work.

  • Artificial Lawyer reports that, “(t)he European Legal Tech Association, or ELTA, will host its first ever live webinar on 24 January, at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM GMT. The subject will be the use of legal AI technology.” The main speakers will be Franciso Martín, co-founder and CEO at BigML, Inc. and Richard Tromans, founder

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

Strategic Planning: If you want to know my best guess as to what’s most likely to happen next year, connect the dots from 2016 to 2017 and draw a straight line to 2018. If you want to plan for 10 years for now, good luck; I promise that between now and then there will

  • These are solid for any marketer, even legal! “Get Smarter With Artificial Intelligence: 11 Ways Marketers Can Leverage AI.” (Nadja Blagojevic of Axoim even participated.)
  • Artificial Lawyer reports that Pittsburgh-based legal AI doc review provider “LegalSifter has secured $1.86 million in funding from venture capital fund Birchmere Ventures and several high-net-worth individuals.”

  • Australian law firm Chapman Tripp (and its technology and innovation business, Zeren) predicts that their increased use of tech (including AI via Luminance) won’t negatively impact jobs at the firm. Tech partner, Bruce McClintock, reports that “(r)ather for our graduates, it’s exciting to know that they … can get involved in how the legal services