Artificial Intelligence Legal Revolution - It Began with Parking Tickets...

Artificial Intelligence Legal Revolution - It Began with Parking Tickets...

By Adam P. Daniels

There was applause for IBM Corp.’s Watson when it beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy, and people reveled at Google’s AlphaGo when it defeated Ke Jie, a Go world champion. But what about the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the law?

Recently, on July 12, 2017, Joshua Browder announced a major upgrade to his free legal aid chatbot, DoNotPay, which has already helped fight 375,000 parking tickets in the U.K, New York, and Seattle. As part of the major upgrade, Browder introduced 1,000 new chatbots to help generate transactional forms in a variety of new legal areas in all 50 U.S. states and the U.K. In addition, Browder also announced the DoNotPay platform is open to anyone that wants to create a “law bot” to assist clients with identifying and filling out relevant legal documents.

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Inconsistent Energy Laws Complicate Energy Storage Adoption

Inconsistent Energy Laws Complicate Energy Storage Adoption

By Jacek M. Wnuk

While solar cells have been around in some form since the 1800s, increases in their efficiency were modest and slow until about 2000. Since 2000, the technology has seen rapid increases in efficiency, both at the research and consumer levels, and consistent deceases in cost of approximately 7 percent per year.

For all of these improvements, however, solar power has a significant inherent flaw – it generates energy at a very variable rate that is highly dependent on environmental conditions. Wind turbines, which have similarly improved in both efficiency and affordability in recent years, suffer from the same flaw.

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New Kid on the Block: As US Balks at UAS Export, China Steps Up to Fill the Void

New Kid on the Block: As US Balks at UAS Export, China Steps Up to Fill the Void

By William D. Ezzell

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported on a topic well-known within our UAS industry: China is exporting military UAS systems to many countries, primarily in the Middle East. This includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. 

American companies certainly remain at the forefront of UAS technology. In fact, the drones that countries are buying from China epitomize the term “Chinese knockoff.” At first glance, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the China’s Wing Loon drones from the Predator and Reaper models. 

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Gasoline Powered Drone to Provide Long Duration Emergency Telecommunications and Internet Service in Disaster Areas

Gasoline Powered Drone to Provide Long Duration Emergency Telecommunications and Internet Service in Disaster Areas

By John R. Bednarz

A team of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can remain aloft for five days that could be used for disaster relief missions. The engineers are part of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center and recently presented their research results at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Denver, Colorado. Previous UAS designs, such as Facebook’s Aquila drone, have suggested that an aircraft could be solar-powered and remain in flight indefinitely, but the team of engineers determined that this was not feasible for long duration emergency response missions in locations far from the equator during seasons when there is not as much sunlight. In addition to these limitations, a solar powered vehicle requires a large surface area for solar panels and a heavy battery.

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Overlapping Unmanned Systems and FinTech Industries Provide Glimpse into the Future

Overlapping Unmanned Systems and FinTech Industries Provide Glimpse into the Future

By Ramsey A. Ammar

The unmanned aircraft system, autonomous vehicle, and financial technology (FinTech) industries are each in their fledgling stages, but forging ahead at a rapid pace. While the relative growths of these industries are on parallel paths, those paths are beginning to diverge as companies explore how developments in one industry can benefit the other.

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