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How The New York Times Uses Software To Recognize Members of Congress

Times Open: “Even if you’ve covered Congress for The New York Times for a decade, it can be hard to recognize which member you’ve just spoken with. There are 535 members, and with special elections every few months, members cycle in and out relatively frequently. So when former Congressional Correspondent Jennifer Steinhauer tweeted “Shazam, but for House members faces” in early 2017, The Times’s Interactive News team jumped on the idea….”

A study finds nearly half of jobs are vulnerable to automation

The Economist: “A wave of automation anxiety has hit the West. Just try typing “Will machines…” into Google. An algorithm offers to complete the sentence with differing degrees of disquiet: “…take my job?”; “…take all jobs?”; “…replace humans?”; “…take over the world?”  Job-grabbing robots are no longer science fiction. In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and… Continue Reading

2018 Artificial Intelligence in Finance The Road Ahead

Future Perfect Machine – Artificial Intelligence in Finance: The Road Ahead. May 2018 “Artificial intelligence is reshaping how we work, interact and share information and content. AI technologies are increasingly being incorporated into many of our daily activities. AI opportunities in financial services are broad-based addressing needs in risk assessment, financial analysis, portfolio management, credit… Continue Reading

Kissinger opines on AI in The Atlantic

The Atlantic – How the Enlightenment Ends – Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. Henry A. Kissinger “…AI research now seeks to bring about a “generally intelligent” AI capable of executing tasks in multiple fields. A growing percentage of human activity will, within a measurable time period, be… Continue Reading

Smart devices in your home have data that may be used by law enforcement

Your Home is Your…Snitch? When your appliances work as police informants – By Daniel Zwerdling – The Marshall Project Justice Lab column examines the science, social science and technology of criminal justice. “Police records in Bentonville, Arkansas show that James Bates called 911 on Sunday morning just before Thanksgiving 2015, and reported chilling news: he’d… Continue Reading

You’re Bad at Legal Research, and Your Judge Knows It.

Above the Law – You’re Bad at Legal Research, and Your Judge Knows It: “One reason artificial intelligence is a hot topic in law: When attorneys miss precedents, the stakes are high. Recent research conducted by Casetext uncovered that judges have a surprisingly consistent opinion of the work they see from us litigators: they believe… Continue Reading

60 Minutes – How Did Google Get So Big?

60 Minutes reports on the power of Google, a company whose critics say has stifled competition – “This past week the Federal Trade Commission was asked to investigate the data collected by Google on its Android operating system, which powers most of the world’s smartphones. It was a tiny blip in the news cycle but another… Continue Reading

Meet the new boss same as the old boss only with more data

Via Dave Pell NextDraft: We Got Fooled Again – “In the early days of the internet, we rooted for web upstarts to disintermediate and disrupt the world’s biggest companies that we felt had conspired against consumers in an increasingly centralized system. Well, here comes the new boss. Same as the old boss (except the new… Continue Reading

Legal AI Companies Increase By 65% in One Year – LawGeex Report

Artificial Lawyer: “Israel-based legal AI pioneer and doc review experts, LawGeex, has just published its latest ‘Inhouse Counsel’s LegalTech Buyer’s Guide 2018‘, providing lawyers and legal operations professionals with a broad range of data on legal tech and also AI solutions. It also shows that the number of legal technology AI companies has increased from 40 to 66… Continue Reading

Twitter will hide more bad tweets in conversations and searches

Twitter: “In March, we introduced our new approach to improve the health of the public conversation on Twitter. One important issue we’ve been working to address is what some might refer to as “trolls.” Some troll-like behavior is fun, good and humorous. What we’re talking about today are troll-like behaviors that distort and detract from… Continue Reading

When to Praise the Machine: The Promise and Perils of Automated Transactional Drafting

Foster, William E. and Lawson, Andrew, When to Praise the Machine: The Promise and Perils of Automated Transactional Drafting (April 11, 2018). South Carolina Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3160981 “Recent technological innovations hold the promise of streamlining legal research, managing massive due diligence projects, efficiently constructing contractual provisions, and analyzing inconceivably large quantities… Continue Reading

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google AI Blog: “A long-standing goal of human-computer interaction has been to enable people to have a natural conversation with computers, as they would with each other. In recent years, we have witnessed a revolution in the ability of computers to understand and to generate natural speech, especially with the application of deep neural networks… Continue Reading