ILTA, the International Legal Technology Association, is best known for its big annual event in the US. For many years, it has also put on a one-day event in London called ILTA Insight. That takes place this year on 14 November.
The themes this year include innovation and transformation, the use of technology to solve business problems, and security and risk relating to data governance.
Some of these subjects allow room for debate and difference of views. Many (I am one) dislike the word “innovation” anyway, but find it hard to think of a replacement. Artificial Intelligence is a term which arouses everything from high excitement to cool assessment (Alex Smith of Reed Smith tweeted this morning that “Most of it is data and stats”), while others (whether they use it in a broad or a narrow sense) see it as the future; I am pretty excited myself, while alert to the readiness of some to slap the AI label on almost anything. The word “blockchain” arouses derision, mainly from those who wouldn’t know blockchain from lavatory chain. As always, I don’t much care what you call these things as long as you a) go and have a look and b) keep your trap shut if you have made no attempt to understand them.
I am pitching straight into the AI debate, moderating a panel called Business problems that AI can solve. The panel, organised by Damien Behan of Brodies, includes Dr Ben Gardner of Wavelength Law, Peter Wallqvist of iManage, Richard Tromans of Artificial Lawyer, and Louis Wihl of BCLP. Our aim is that you should come away with some ideas as to how your business can make practical use of developments at the higher end of technology, whatever reasonable definition of AI you adopt.