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MIT Technology Review – 50 Smartest Companies 2017

Our editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting on technology renewal. And the list is full of ambitious startups like SpaceX, which is changing the economics of space travel with reusable rockets; Face ++, a pioneer in face recognition technology; and additive-manufacturing firms Carbon and Desktop Metal. For additional perspective on the list, which starts here, please see our essay, “It Pays to Be Smart.”

Paper – AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

Urs Glasser – Medium – “While there is reasonable hope that superhuman killer robots won’t catch us anytime soon, narrower types of AI-based technologies have started changing our daily lives: AI applications are rolled out at an accelerated pace in schools, homes, and hospitals, with digital leaders such as high tech, telecom, and financial services… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Automatic Justice: Shaping the Legal Mind of Tomorrow

Via LLRX – Automatic Justice: Shaping the Legal Mind of Tomorrow – Smart computing is changing the nature of legal work even as the profession struggles to understand its scope. Machines sophisticated enough to communicate intelligibly and naturally with human hosts, technology with the processing power to wrangle big data are enhancing the way attorneys… Continue Reading

A DARPA perspective on artificial intelligence

Via Law Librarian Blog, May 15, 2017 – “According to John Launchbury, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, the development of artificial intelligence is progressing in three waves: handcrafted knowledge, statistical learning and contextual adaptation. In the below video, Launchbury explains his theory. From the YouTube description: John Launchbury … attempts to demystify AI–what it… Continue Reading

Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

“This article reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces. It then shows that cars have no moral agency, and that the term ‘autonomous’, commonly applied to these machines, is misleading, and leads to invalid conclusions… Continue Reading

A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

World Economic Forum: “A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid. By now it’s no longer just the Silicon Valley trend watchers and technoprophets who are apprehensive. In a study that has already racked… Continue Reading

Quartz – Google took your drawings and taught its AI to sketch on its own

Dave Gershgom: “A few months ago, Google made a game called Quick, Draw!, where it supplied you with a word and you’d try to sketch it online. The game then used a neural network, a statistical approximation of how the brain learns, to identify what you were trying to sketch. It was like playing Pictionary… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence and Law: 
A Six Part Primer

Artificial Intelligence and Law: 
A Six Part Primer – Professor Daniel Martin Katz,  Chicago Kent College of Law (Updated Version 03.17.17) – PowerPoint Presentation – 271 slides. Continue Reading

Paper – Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets

Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets, Daron Acemoglu, Pascual Restrepo NBER Working Paper No. 23285, Issued in March 2017. “As robots and other computer-assisted technologies take over tasks previously performed by labor, there is increasing concern about the future of jobs and wages. We analyze the effect of the increase in industrial robot… Continue Reading

Guide to ILTA’s Artificial Intelligence Content

Joe Davis, Project Consultant, Prudential Financial, Inc. –  “OK, so Watson won “Jeopardy!” back in 2011. That’s ancient history in technology years.  ILTA provides a wealth of programming about the current state of affairs in Artificial Intelligence that will benefit law firms and corporate legal departments.  In the future, I’m sure we’ll have a bot… Continue Reading

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum: “Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian’s? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene? Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we… Continue Reading