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Law Firm Hires First Artificially Intelligent Attorney

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Law Firm Hires First Artificially Intelligent Attorney

As if the world wasn’t anxious enough about automation and artificial intelligence fleecing jobs from the working class, now even lawyers might feel a little nervous. Last week, the law firm Baker & Hostetler announced the hiring of IBM’s proprietary artificial intelligence product, Ross. Built by IBM’s own groundbreaking computing system, Watson, Ross is the world’s “first artificially intelligent attorney.” Designed as a self-learning algorithmic tool, Ross is capable of most basic cognitive skills and possesses fine-tuned research abilities. This includes providing citations. Ross will join Baker & Hostetler’s team of 50 lawyers specializing in bankruptcy cases.* “You ask your...

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What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption

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What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption

A new draft bill in Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption anytime law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says, and what you can do about it. For those just catching up, Apple and the FBI had a big legal throwdown recently over an iPhone owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, the gunman in the San Bernandino mass shooting. The FBI demanded that Apple create a tool to get around the phone’s PIN lock. Apple argued this was an undue burden and would weaken the security...

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What Happens If You Kill Someone on the Moon?

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What Happens If You Kill Someone on the Moon?

The world treats outer space much in the same in way in treats international waters: No country or entity can make a claim of sovereignty over that land (or in this case, space). But that doesn't mean anything goes. The same way the international community has agreed-upon rules for what is and isn't allowed in international waters and how to prosecute people who commit criminal acts in those places, the same kind of framework largely applies to the legal space of, well, space. In a cute new video posted to YouTube, Wendover Productions goes over a quick summary about how...

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The UK will finally stop writing its laws on dried calf skin

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The UK will finally stop writing its laws on dried calf skin

At last, the UK parliament is leaving the 11th century behind. The thousand-year-old British tradition of recording laws on parchment made from the skins of baby cows is set to end this April. The House of Lords confirmed on Feb. 9 that future laws would be printed on archival paper and not on vellum parchment. The parliamentary body cited expenses as the main reason for change: The vellum tradition costs about 80,000 £ (about $115,000) a year, and takes about 130 calves to make 500 pages. Many of the country’s historic documents, including the Domesday Book, completed in 1086, and...

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