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Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die

Bloomberg – AI advances by the ‘Medical Brain’ team could help the internet giant finally break into the health-care business

“..Google had created a tool that could forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission and chances they will soon die. What impressed medical experts most was Google’s ability to sift through data previously out of reach: notes buried in PDFs or scribbled on old charts. The neural net gobbled up all this unruly information then spat out predictions. And it did it far faster and more accurately than existing techniques. Google’s system even showed which records led it to conclusions. Hospitals, doctors and other health-care providers have been trying for years to better use stockpiles of electronic health records and other patient data. More information shared and highlighted at the right time could save lives — and at the very least help medical workers spend less time on paperwork and more time on patient care. But current methods of mining health data are costly, cumbersome and time consuming. As much as 80 percent of the time spent on today’s predictive models goes to the “scut work” of making the data presentable, said Nigam Shah, an associate professor at Stanford University, who co-authored Google’s research paper, published in the journal Nature. Google’s approach avoids this. “You can throw in the kitchen sink and not have to worry about it,” Shah said…”

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… Continue Reading

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