Discussion of artificial intelligence is hard to escape. There are recently published macro studies like Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0 which opens with an apocalyptic (fictional) vision of a dystopian future from w which we are to be (putatively) saved by the (real) intervention of such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking to support the work … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence, Legal Services and Justice
Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future (W W Norton) is the latest book from Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. It follows The Second Machine Age which was reviewed here and gives a more detailed analysis of how the technological revolution is coming along. It lacks any direct discussion of legal services but this is a … Continue reading Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future
Just: Transcription, a London-based start up social enterprise rejected by the Ministry of Justice for a contract for tech-based court judgement transcription because of its precarious finances as a newly formed organisation, has secured funding from a prestigious social tech foundation to develop its work. The story of Just:’s rejection by the Ministry is told … Continue reading It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over
The failure of the Rechtwijzer, the symbol of what was to be the brave new world of mass digital legal services aimed at those on low incomes, raises a question about the future. Were the digital naysayers right? A recent post from veteran commentator and tireless compiler Delia Venables in her Internet Newsletter for Lawyers widens … Continue reading The Forward March of Digital Halted: or only checked?
The IBA has published a report on the impact of robotics and AI on the workplace. Its central concern is the need to refashion employment law. The co-ordinator of the report, Gerlind Wisskirchen, said ‘The AI phenomenon is on an exponential curve, while legislation is doing its best on an incremental basis. New labour and employment … Continue reading International Bar Association On Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: good overview but careful not to frighten the horses