As CTO for Clause Inc. I breathe the rarified air of blockchain, AI, IoT, and Legal-Tech (joke). Seriously, I do read quite widely, so in time-honored fashion, here are my predictions for 2018.
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A month ago I resigned from IBM. On Monday I start my new job as CTO of Clause Inc., a legal-tech startup that is going to revolutionise the world by creating a platform for lawyers and developers to define, manage and operationalize true (legally enforceable) smart clauses and contracts. This new mission combines three of my longstanding passions: AI, blockchain (DLT) and rules. More on that later however!
Artificial intelligence and robotics are now part of our everyday experience and zeitgeist. From Tesla and Uber advancing the state of the art in self-driving cars (and soon trucks), to robotic milking machines, driver-less trains, to space exploration, to algorithmic news filtering, summarisation and selection, to using computers to detect cancer, to military drones, many traditionally human jobs are being replaced, or augmented, by robotics, algorithms and technology.
A couple of weeks ago Gartner published their latest Hype Cycle for emerging technologies. While some of the entries (and the timelines) are debatable it’s a good list that serves as a roadmap for furthering reading and technical investigation
I will be digging into the details of the most promising of these technologies over the months to come, as well as some more established technologies that are already changing the world in which we live.