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

  • From Down Under: Dean of Swinburne Law School, Professor Dan Hunter, and Swinburne researcher Professor Mirko Bagaric say artificial intelligence (AI) could improve sentencing procedures by removing emotional bias and human error. Seems these gentlemen are unaware of 2017’s several instances of AI exhibiting bias and even racism. AI has a way to go

  • At the CLOC conference in London this Tuesday, opening speaker Richard Susskind remarked that AI’s “short-term predictions overstate the impact. However, in the long term, by the late 2020s or 2030s, it is hard to avoid the the conclusion that this isn’t going to replace fundamental parts of legal services.” Among his other provocative statements

  • 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

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