@giammarco

Law students learn a set of core subjects, some electives and then once they have finished their degree will do some practical legal training and be required to have some sort of experience in a firm before they are able to become admitted as a lawyer. In my view the sequence of learning is backwards. The graduates finish with few useful skills, and their opportunity to understand the theoretical framework of law is squandered by the lack of context. …


I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt that said “Stop Animal Slavery”. I thought of the cruel and inhumane conditions that my two golden retrievers are forced to endure (by their own accounts): never enough food, insufficient pats and hard work each day ensuring that their memory foam mattress beds don’t fly away. As I acknowledged my guilt as a slave owner I looked over at my Roomba and realised that I am also guilty of keeping mechanical slaves. How could I be so ignorant! The very word robot is derived from the Czech word “robota” which means slave! …


As much as I like new technology, I have a quaint interest in old technology. A few years ago I began purchasing vintage office equipment. From antique shops and swap meets I acquired typewriters and candlestick phones. But one interesting piece that I found was an Ediphone. An Ediphone is a dictating machine from the early 1900s and at that time was used for recording dictations on wax cylinders. As the latest piece of office equipment the Ediphone could record a good few minutes of dictation. It connects by way of a hose looking cord to a syphon looking microphone…


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Annihilation by robots is a black swan event. It has low probability but high impact. That is, it’s pretty bad if all of humanity was destroyed or enslaved or otherwise. The word robot is derived from the word slave. For most of human history (excepting the last couple of hundred years in many parts of the world) slavery has been a feature we understand and have ingrained in our culture the risks of a slave uprising. That is, we are aware of the risk of robots turning against their masters. What shall we do to prevent this?

Problems with Linear Thinking

To understand whether…


Aditya Joshi

We promise ourselves that we will check social media less, switch off our phones and ignore emails, and be present in the moment. Then we get a new notification, a client calls, or several people talk to you at once and our mind starts whirring again with a multitude of distractions. In my view there is a serenity and quietness to be had in the retrograde environment of Court and this presents an opportunity for us that we can take into the remainder of our lives.

Problems with Distraction

We all are generally aware of the problems of distraction in today’s life. It…


Collaboration is one of those motherhood statement buzzwords that have seeped into our vernacular. It’s a vaguely positive thing that almost no one could dislike. The problem with it, like all other buzzwords, is that it is ultimately devoid of real meaning. It is used by people who aren’t able to articulate what they actually want. This is why I won’t be collaborating with anyone any time soon.

Collaboration

Collaboration sounds positive. It evokes an image of a group of people working earnestly together. They have one mind and no conflict. For anyone who has spent time with humans it should…


Lawyers and accountants are two very similar professions. Indeed, in the area of tax law the distinction between a lawyer and an accountant can be rather semantic. However, it has struck me that there area number of interesting differences and thought patterns between accountants and lawyers. (This is not a dig at either profession.)

Scott Graham

Growth v Risk Mindset

Lawyers typically spend a lot of their time dealing with problems that have occurred and the disputes that flow from them. Lawyers will often use their expertise in understanding problems to try and prevent them ahead of time. Lawyers will typically advise on documentation to help…


Anton Shuvalov

If Bitcoin and other crypto currencies were the 2019 speculative mania, Non-Fungible Tokens (“NFTs”) are the 2021 speculative mania. By way of example, Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter) recently sold a NFT of his first ever tweet for $2.9M! While currently NFTs are predominantly used for trading art works in digitalised forms or for collectible gamification (such as CryptoKitties) it seems to me that NFTs have obvious application for use in legal documents.

Intro to NFTs

NFTS are a digital asset stored on the Blockchain that are, as the name suggests, not fungible. Whereas if I give you one bitcoin my bitcoin ledger…


A few years ago, the start-up culture began infusing into the legal profession. Trendy offices began appearing with bean bags, ping pong tables and silly job descriptions like “Chief Happiness Wizard”. I do think that there are many things that the legal profession can learn from modern technology companies. However, dressing in daggy clothes is not one of them. There seem to be a few lawyers who try and demonstrate their innovativeness by proclaiming that they don’t wear suits. (I would have thought one would show innovativeness by one’s work). …


Sharon McCutcheon

There is an ever increasing amount of “consumer protection” regulation that forces disclosure of an ever increasing amount of information. Instead of achieving its stated goal, all that happens is we have endless pages of disclosure documents that are read only by lawyers looking to pick holes in them and find some failure of disclosure. Consumers don’t read them, and in fact everything in there is hiding in plain sight. If we want to actually help consumers, then we should design rules around disclosure that actually benefit them.

Useless Information

It won’t help anyone to fill endless pages of useless information. One…

Adrian Cartland

Creator of Ailira, the Artificial Intelligence that automates legal information and research, and Principal of Cartland Law. www.Ailira.com www.CartlandLaw.com

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