This week sees another couple of tie ups between providers of AI powered contract review platforms and law firms as interest in this area continues to grow. There have also been a couple more product launches – an AI based tool to offer low cost legal assistance to domestic violence sufferers and a new chatbot launches in the Australia to assistant businesses in data breach responses.

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of the visionary science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Radio 4’s Inside Science programme looked at some of his predictions for the technology of the future, including communications satellites – which “will make possible a world in which we can be instant contact with each other wherever we may be … and for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London. …we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand”.

The LawTech word of the year

After a year in which interest in Legal Technology has hit the mainstream, Above the Law runs through a list of possible candidates for the LawTech word of the year. The winner is….

AI contract review software provider partners with leading Canadian law firm

AI contract review software provider Diligen and leading Canadian law firm Aird Berlis have this week announced they will be working together. Diligen will be used by Aird & Berlis for merger and acquisition work as well as in real estate transactions, as reported in both Markets Insider and The Lawyer’s Daily this week. As part of the arrangement, Aird & Berlis will be seconding one of its M&A lawyers to Diligen in order to help them improve the product, look at new use cases and shape the product roadmap for the future.

UK law firm TLT takes stake in US Legal Contract review software provider

Legal contract review software provider LegalSifter and UK law firm TLT have announced a new partnership to offer an AI based contract negotiation solution to the UK and Irish markets. In a quote from the CEO of LegalSifter, Artificial Lawyer reports that the new solution will make contract reviews quicker, safer and cheaper.

Nosey Parker Chatbot launches

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has launched Australia’s first privacy law chatbot, which they have named Parker, as reported in Australasian Lawyer and Lawyers Weekly Australia. The chatbot helps businesses determine whether or not they need to report a data breach, and has been launched to provide a tool for businesses who will be subject to new mandatory data breach reporting (MDBR) requirements from 22nd February 2018.

AI powered tool helps domestic violence survivors file restraining orders

Mashable reports on the launch of  HelpSelf Legal, which uses AI to enhance the process of filing restraining order paperwork, helping users avoid common mistakes when completing it. The site was launched by Dorna Moini to try and fill a gap in access to affordable legal aid that exists for low-income Americans.

Could AI Transform China’s Legal System?

Caixin looks at how China’s legal system is utilising AI to overcome a labour shortage in its legal system to identify laws and guidelines relevant to specific cases as the country shifts from a civil law system to relying more on case law.

Breaking Down Silos Between Tech, Firms and Academia to Reach Innovation

The American Lawyer looks at how tech firms, the legal sector and academics should collaborate in order to better innovate.

Lawyer-Bots Are Shaking Up Jobs

The MIT Technology Review looks at how AI is already starting to have an impact on the legal sector works, and what changes are still to come.

Who owns the work of an artificial intelligence?

Both Engadget and ITProPortal take a look at current copyright laws and who would own creative works produced by an artificial intelligence.

Will robots take our children’s jobs?

The New York Times looks at a range of jobs that may vanish as AI systems become better than us at doing them, as well as how it will transform the economy and when.

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