• This story has received VERY wide coverage, with headlines including:

Stephen Schwarzman Makes Anchor Gift For New $1 Billion School Of Artificial Intelligence At MIT;

MIT announces $1b outlay for study of artificial intelligence, computing; 

M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion;

MIT commits $1 billion to make AI part

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

  • Contracts!

– Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have joined Dentons, K&L Gates, DLA Piper and others in The Accord Project to create standards for legal smart contracts for various practice areas. Details here.

Artificial Lawyer reports that “Fasken has announced that it has adopted Kira

  • AI news from Manzama: Manzama Signals is ready for prime time. “Manzama Signals is our newest innovation designed to help firms leapfrog the competition by using proprietary algorithms to identify activities or indicators that may signal opportunities for law firms thereby helping legal professionals to better act upon opportunities. Signals employs data driven models to

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

  • This paper from Harvard Journal of Law & Technology discusses AI’s challenges to the US legal system and the need for regulation.

“…the unique features of AI and the manner in which AI can be developed present both practical and conceptual challenges for the legal system. These challenges must be confronted if the legal system

  • The AI for Good Global Summit took place from 7-9 June. “Designing a world where humans have to share space with robots is not an easy task. Several initiatives are looking at ways to address issues linked to the main fuel of artificial intelligence: data. Such issues include privacy, data ownership and sharing, but also making sure that artificial intelligence will not widen the existing digital divide. Speakers at a global summit last week provided insight on ongoing efforts to understand and best tackle the inevitable and sometimes unforeseen problems of this new territory.” This post reviews the main areas of discussion.
  • AI provider Kira Systems, has launched a Certified Service Provider Program, with professional services firms Deloitte and Mainspring Consulting Group, as well as alternative legal services providers Axiom, Cognia Law and Elevateall joining as members. Here are the details.


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  • Here’s a peek under the hood of the math and science behind Machine Learning.
  • This article presents evolution of DoNotPay, the first RoboLawyer, a chatbot for fighting parking tickets, landlord disputes and getting compensation for delayed flights.
  • As has been the case with other technologies, AI technology is moving much faster than regulation. The