Dear Readers, to keep you entertained over the holidays and into 2018, here is a little quiz, which is hopefully fun and in places quite challenging. There isn’t any prize as such, but those who get 100% right will have plenty of kudos for what is in parts quite a tricky challenge. (There is one right answer for each question. Answers will be published in the New Year.)
1) Which of the following is commonly seen as the inventor of the smart contract concept in 1996?
- Nicholas Cage
- St Nicholas
- Nick Szabo
- Nicholas Parsons
2) When ROSS Intelligence first launched they illustrated their website with a photo of a very elegant and minimalist style library, where is this library?
- New York City
3) The two founders of Florida-based legal data analytics company, Premonition, grew up in which famous place?
- Cambridge, UK.
- Manhattan, New York.
- Paris, France.
- Primrose Hill, London, UK.
4) The term ‘NLP’ is often used in relation to legal AI technology. It stands for:
- New Lawyers Please.
- Neural Lawyer Programming.
- Natural Language Processing.
- Natural Legal Programming.
5) When UK law firm, BLP, started to use RAVN’s AI tech back in 2015 to extract real estate information, the lawyers using the system gave it a nickname. What did they call it?
- Robbie the Robot
- Archie the Bot
6) Which legal AI company’s co-founder has also written a children’s book (about machine learning)?
- Ulf Zetterberg, Seal Software.
- Peter Wallqvist, RAVN/iManage.
- Noah Waisberg, Kira Systems.
- Lewis Liu, Eigen Technologies.
7) Which person in Scotland applied this year to trademark the term ‘legal engineer’?
- Billy Connolly.
- Richard Susskind.
- Philip Hannay.
- Robert the Bruce.
8) A number of law firms have taken investments in legal tech and fintech companies this year. Which of the following hasn’t (whether directly or via another entity).
- Allen & Overy.
- Mishcon de Reya.
- Wachtell Lipton.
9) Jimmy Vestbirk, the founder of Legal Geek, started out in life making web-based applications in what area?
- Industrial design.
- Camper vans.
10) Legal AI and data analytics start-up, CaseCrunch, which famously beat a group of lawyers at predicting litigation outcomes this year, has in the last 12 months had two other names, these were (in order):
- BotLaw, then LexyLaw.
- LawBot, then Excelsior.
- Elexirr, then LawBot.
- LawBot, then Elexirr.
11) Smart contract platform, Agrello, was the first legal tech company to launch an ICO. At its post-launch peak on 10 Sept, 2017 its ‘DLT’ tokens had a market cap of how much?
- Around $40m.
- Over $400m.
- Around $4m
- Below $4.
12) California-based legal bot and A2J pioneer, Joshua Browder, famously started out helping people to overturn parking fines using his DoNotPay platform. Where did Browder first get the idea?
- San Francisco, California.
- London, UK.
- Boston, Massachusetts.
- Shanghai, China.
13) Legal AI experts, such as Kevin Gidney of Seal Software and Brian Kuhn of IBM, have talked about a future convergence between AI-driven NLP technology and what other major branch of tech?
- Automated Vehicles.
- 3D Printing.
14) It has been proposed that law firms that DON’T use AI-assisted document review tools for due diligence matters, will in the future see:
- Their professional indemnity insurance premiums increase.
- Their professional indemnity insurance premiums decrease.
15) Before RAVN merged with iManage it worked with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office on a massive project to isolate legally privileged documents. The SFO investigation was for which company?
- Fox Corp.
- Virgin Group.
- Rolls Royce.
16) Before Eigen Technologies’ co-founder, Dr Lewis Liu, decided to create a legal AI company he had many different roles. One of which was helping to design what piece of technology while at Oxford?
- A time machine.
- A faster than light engine.
- A new type of LCD screen.
- A new type of laser.
17) Tim Pullan, the founder of legal AI-powered risk and compliance system, ThoughtRiver, first got the idea for giving a contract a ‘risk score’ when he was working at which company?
- Standard & Poor’s.
- Goldman Sachs.
18) One of the legal tech companies that law firm Mishcon de Reya invested in following its MDR LAB incubator in 2017 was Ping. What does the company offer?
- Golfing equipment.
- Email support.
- Virtual data rooms.
- Billing software.
19) ROSS Intelligence’s origin owes a lot to one of its co-founders’, Jimoh Ovbiagele, experiences as a young man, when:
- He won the lottery and couldn’t find any suitable legal advice on how to set up a trust.
- His parents separated, but they couldn’t afford the legal input needed to formalise things.
- He grew tired of having to do legal research as a young commercial associate.
- He had a vision one night that revealed to him legal AI was the solution to research challenges he had always been looking for.
20) In a survey of the Top 30 UK law firms by Artificial Lawyer and The Times in 2017, how many firms said they had ‘No Interest’ in legal AI applications?
- Just one.
21) Which legal tech company has worked with Kira Systems to create more powerful, combined applications, sometimes illustrated by the idea of avocados and toast?
- Rocket Lawyer.
- Neota Logic.
22) Indian legal AI company, AnviLegal, promised to bring major change to the world of NLP-driven document review in 2017, by doing what?
- Creating a completely new method for machine learning.
- Marrying together machine learning with collaborative systems.
- Starting a price war by offering super-economy monthly fees.
- Launching a buy-out fund to take over all its rivals.
23) In 2017 Wolters Kluwer launched an AI tool with Skopos Labs that can predict what?
- The outcome of US Presidential elections.
- Whether a piece of US legislation will become law.
- Whether Daenerys Targaryen will become Queen of Westeros.
- Which future US Supreme Court judge will be selected for the role.
24) At last count there were how many legal AI-driven document review companies (not including e-discovery vendors) globally as of December 2017?
- Up to five.
- Up to ten.
- Up to fifteen.
- More than fifteen.
25) The Global Legal Hackathon was announced recently and will take place in late February 2018. It is hoping to bring together participants from all around the world to push forward legal innovation. If it meets its goals it will also be:
- The quickest legal hackathon ever.
- The largest legal hackathon ever.
- The most efficient legal hackathon ever.
- The most technologically advanced legal hackathon ever.
26) US-based legal AI company, Seal Software, made a ground-breaking step this year by opening an office in which developing market?
27) New York-based smart contract pioneer, Clause, recently made the major decision to do what, in order to help develop global standards for this key area of legal technology?
- Conducted an ICO.
- Open-sourced part of its smart contract code.
- Created an AI assistant to help people create contracts.
- Fitted an IOT device to an orbiting satellite that could communicate data to a smart contract on Earth.
28) Billy Bot, is a legal/chat bot that is primarily designed to support what sort of lawyers?
- Costs lawyers.
- Patent attorneys.
29) Swiss-based PartnerVine has created a marketplace to provide what type of legal goods or service?
- Automated advice on cryptocurrencies.
- On-demand lawyers.
- Advice on fine wines.
- Automated contract templates.
30) LexisNexis has a legal tech incubator in Menlo Park, California, where does Thomson Reuters have one?
- Zurich, Switzerland.
- Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Auckland, New Zealand.
- Prague, Czech Republic.
31) ‘RFRNZ’ is the name of a new legal AI doc review company currently in development in which European country?
32) French insurance giant, AXA, recently became one of the first ‘traditional’ businesses in the world to sell smart contracts to the consumer market. What do its Fizzy smart contracts insure against?
- Flat Champagne.
- Skiing accidents.
- Flight delay.
- Credit default.
33) Which Australian law firm has publicly announced it is working with two different legal AI doc review companies: both Canada’s Beagle, with which it has had an Asia-Pacific joint venture, and Luminance?
- Minter Ellison.
- Clayton Utz.
34) Legal AI experts in Europe and North America report that they have experimented in using NLP with many different languages, from Mandarin Chinese to Russian, and all worked after sufficient training. However, which language has proven to be especially tricky?
35) Final question, why is this particular language (in 34) so tricky when it comes to NLP?
- It is using two different phonetic alphabets at the same time.
- Its characters are written vertically.
- It uses logograms instead of words.
- It is using logograms and two phonetic alphabets at the same time.
And that’s all folks. I hope you enjoy the quiz. And in case you’re stuck, nearly all the answers can be found in the past stories of a certain website. Good luck! Artificial Lawyer will return to regular publication in early January 2018. Looking forward to catching up with everyone then!