Futurist keynote, Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

Futurist keynote, Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of change, and disruption, is accelerating. In this presentation I show just how fast, and how crazy, the world’s business environment is getting, it’s impact on every sector, and what you can do to future proof yourself.   Firstly, I’d like to thank...

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Israeli Robo-Lawyer trashes top US lawyers in head to head competition

Israeli Robo-Lawyer trashes top US lawyers in head to head competition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have contracts for everything it seems, and on top of that lawyers are expensive, and not everyone has access to them, Robo-Lawyer AI’s are helping democratise law and change that paradigm.   Lawyers are pretty good at law-related activities, after all, it’s their...

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The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous.   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn more...

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Press release: Legal SaaS A.I. platform LawGeex raises $7 million in funding round

Press release: Legal SaaS A.I. platform LawGeex raises $7 million in funding round

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing and the legal profession is by no means immune, but in many cases it is start ups and entrepreneurs who are challenging the status quo.   Over the past few months I’ve been highlighting how the world of law, from the...

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JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work

JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With massive technology budgets and a paranoia of startups stealing a march Wall Street is going all in on innovation and automation.   With companies like LawGeex and ROSS Intelligence trying to automate the legal world it was only a matter of time before the...

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A connected heart just helped convict a man of arson

A connected heart just helped convict a man of arson

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connecting devices to each other and to the internet can make them much smarter, and much more usable, but increasingly companies and law enforcement are using connected devices to track, log and analyse our activities, and that has some serious privacy implications   People have...

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Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot

Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Poker is unpredictable, and noone predicted an AI would beat four of the world’s top players – not even its creators   An artificial intelligence (AI) called Libratus from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has beaten four of the world’s best poker players in a gruelling...

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Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world

Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most lawyers and legal professionals agree that their profession hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years, but now artificial intelligence, and the rise of “robo-lawyers” is beginning to change all that.   To many people, lawyers, like doctors, optimise the pinnacle of what it means...

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Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Criminal convictions, particularly involving historic crimes, are often made or broken on just how well jurors can visualise the scenes of the crimes using second hand evidence, now VR can give them a first person view.   Earlier this month I reported that UK and...

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Futurist keynote, Paris: The Future of Law, Dentons

Futurist keynote, Paris: The Future of Law, Dentons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Change can be scary, especially if you’re unprepared, however, with the right insights and experts around you, and if you know where to look, it can also present you with boundless new opportunities.   With over 8,000 lawyers, in over 140 locations in 52 countries...

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Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jurors often have to rely on reconstructed scenes to help them visualise how a crime unfurled, now, using virtual reality they can see and move around the actual scene days, months or even years after the crime(s) took place   A physical crime scene may...

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World first as AI “Judge” succesfully predicts the outcomes of 79% of cases in the European Court

World first as AI “Judge” succesfully predicts the outcomes of 79% of cases in the European Court

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence has a problem with nuance but that didn’t stop it from correctly predicting the outcome of most of the cases.   An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers...

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Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

Dubai wants to become less dependent on oil and the emirate is rapidly becoming one of the most progressive nations in the world Earlier this week, at an event hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the Crown Prince of Dubai announced the emirates plan to put all  of...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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DoNotPay’s famous robo-lawyer helps people avoid homelessness

DoNotPay’s famous robo-lawyer helps people avoid homelessness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power of Bots is only just starting to be realised and it’s looking increasingly likely that the first industry they’ll disrupt is the legal profession.   The idea started with a desperate email from a woman in a UK hospital. She was scared of being discharged at...

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Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If AI can automate the legal profession is any job safe?   Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI “Ross” to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder of...

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Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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Robo-Lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets

Robo-Lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An artificial intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that chatbots can actually be useful.   Dubbed as “the world’s first robot lawyer”, a title which actually belongs to an American AI called “Ross”, by...

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