Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

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. Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research, and […]

Our National Love Affair With ‘Pokemon Go’ Might Be Short-Lived | FiveThirtyEight

“Pokemon Go” — the smash hit app from Niantic that powerfully combines augmented reality with the bottomless well of nostalgia for pokemon — is seeing its userbase drop faster than my respect for anyone who picked Bulbasaur as their starter pokemon.

As was recently pointed out by Bloomberg, daily active users are down, as is overall engagement.

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York | The Guardian

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” by its 19-year-old creator, London-born second-year Stanford University student Joshua Browder, DoNotPay helps users contest parking tickets in an easy to use chat-like interface. […]

Why Virtual Reality Will Be the Most Social Computing Platform Yet – Medium

The future of immersive virtual reality is often depicted as a dystopian view of millions of people spending hours alone each day, with huge gadgets stuck to their face, enraptured by fantastical worlds.

But it’s going to be millions of people spending time together — with friends, family, colleagues, and new acquaintances — experiencing moments together no matter the physical distance between them.

AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online – and No One Knew the Difference

Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class.

During the first few weeks in January, Jill really struggled. This was Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence, after all, a course with the goal to “build AI agents capable of human-level intelligence and gain insights into human cognition.”

Self-driving cars don’t care about your moral dilemmas | The Guardian

As self-driving cars move from fiction to reality, a philosophical problem has become the focus of fierce debate. The “trolley problem” describes a runaway mine cart, hurtling down tracks towards a group of five oblivious people. With no time to warn them, your only option is to pull a switch and divert the cart on […]

A Startup Backed By Peter Thiel Makes Bankrolling Civil Lawsuits Easy

In courtrooms across America, investors are making money through litigation financing. The process allows investors to cover the cost of a lawsuit in exchange for a share of the financial settlement.

If this process sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s similar to what billionaire Peter Thiel did when he secretly funded a lawsuit from Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media.

Yuval Noah Harari on big data, Google and the end of free will — FT.com

For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism gradually shifted authority from deities to people. Humanist thinkers such as Rousseau convinced us that our own feelings and desires were the ultimate source of meaning, and that our free will was, therefore, the highest authority of […]

Facebook ‘trending’ featuring fake news hours after humans replaced with robots

Hours after Facebook fired its “trending” news team and replaced it with robot curators, the social network’s news section featured inaccurate and potentially offensive articles.

The stories that appeared in the trending news box were previously curated by journalists, who would weed out links that weren’t high quality or from well-regarded publications

The Swiss postal service is testing robot mail delivery – Business Insider

Switzerland has announced that its postal service, Swiss Post, will be testing robots, with the intention of eventually using them to help deliver mail, according to CNN Money.

Swiss Post will conduct tests on deliveries of food and medicine next month in three cities.

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