MD Anderson Drops IBM Watson – A Setback For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine ?

Not sure this is actually a “set back for AI in Medicine.”  Rather, long story short — it ain’t 2014 anymore … as we discuss in our talk – Machine Learning as a Service : #MLaaS, Open Source and the Future of Legal Analytics – what started with Watson has turned into significant competition among major technology industry players.  Throw in a some open source and you have some really strong economic forces which are upending even business models which were sound just three years ago …

From the story — “The partnership between IBM and one of the world’s top cancer research institutions is falling apart. The project is on hold, MD Anderson confirms, and has been since late last year. MD Anderson is actively requesting bids from other contractors who might replace IBM in future efforts. And a scathing report from auditors at the University of Texas says the project cost MD Anderson more than $62 million and yet did not meet its goals. The report, however, states: ‘Results stated herein should not be interpreted as an opinion on the scientific basis or functional capabilities of the system in its current state’….”

Why Artificial Intelligence Might Replace Your Lawyer (via OYZ)

“It’s the alignment of tech and economics that is allowing all this stuff to start moving … The real roll-up of all this isn’t robot lawyers, its financialization, with law becoming an applied branch of finance and insurance” says Daniel Martin Katz, professor at Illinois Tech’s Chicago Kent College of Law.

Scenes from #LegalTech 2017 / Legal Week


Yesterday was the final day of LegalTech NYC — the largest technology show in the Legal Industry.  LegalTech NYC typically attracts 12,000+ attendees over the 3 days of the show.

I spoke on a panel on Thursday entitled – The Future of e-Discovery Law, Business, and Practice with the following panelists —
David Horrigan, kCura
Monica Bay, CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Daniel Katz, Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College of Law + LexPredict
James Francis IV (S.D.N.Y), United States Magistrate Judge
Andrew Jimenez, CEO, Fronteo USA