There was very little real AI or blockchain news over the holidays, especially legal-related. But there was a plethora of posts reviewing 2018 and forecasting 2019 and beyond, so that’s the focus of this post. I suggest you skim these titles and then skim through the lists included in most of the posts; you’re likely

Must Read: If you’re especially interested in blockchain or just want to learn what it’s all about, read this fresh report from McKinsey & Co.: Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value? (The interactive infographics are outstanding.) “Blockchain was a priority topic at Davos; a World Economic Forum survey suggested that 10

  • The big news yesterday was Thomson Reuters’ launch of “…Westlaw Edge, an updated, artificial intelligence-assisted legal research platform. The updates include new warnings for invalid or questionable law, litigation analytics, a tool to analyze statutory changes and an improved AI-enhanced search called WestSearch Plus.” Here’s their video promo piece, and here the press release. Kudos

  • Robert Ambrogi also attended the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference last week. Here’s his take on a bit of hype, and how he believes AI can, in several ways, be a positive force in law.
  • Check out this very interesting post from Artificial Lawyer. There is yet another player in the “contracts”

  • Better, faster, cheaper. Atrium LTS (Legal Technology Services) is a San Francisco-based startup law firm. Founder Justin Kim says: “We want to build the legal technology of the future to automate repetitive, low-value work and allow firms to deliver speed, transparency and cost certainty to their clients.” They raised $10 million in their initial round