Demystifying Myths Surrounding The Independence of AI

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 121 minutes
Recorded Date: February 03, 2020
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  • Bottom Up vs. Top Down Learning
  • Current Relationship between Human and AI
  • Human Intervention Involved in Training AI
  • Will AI Become Independent?
  • Q & A
Runtime: 2 hours
Recorded: February 3, 2020


As we continue to ride the AI wave, we consistently hear talk about the automation of jobs and administrative tasks made increasingly simple with very little human involvement. However, is this really the truth and how much manual labor is really required to keep AI working seamlessly? While we may not be able to see the humans behind AI technology they do possess a very important role in curating the data, which is so critical to the functioning of the algorithms.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek Conference on February 3rd, 2020.

Provided By



Ryan Steadman

Chief Revenue Officer
Zero Cognitive Systems

Ryan is the Chief Revenue Officer for Zero, a company that applies artificial intelligence and smart automation to the most pressing operational challenges of the legal industry. He leads Zero’s vision and execution for growth, expanding its global footprint, and ensuring a world-class customer experience. He has over two decades of experience delivering disruptive and emerging technology to professional services organizations world-wide, and deep subject-matter expertise across a wide spectrum of essential business processes.

Dan Broderick

CEO & Co - Founder

Dan is the CEO and co-founder of BlackBoiler, an AI-assisted contract review platform that uses proprietary deep learning and natural language processing to speed up the process of high-volume contract review.

As a former associate with Am Law 100 firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Dan specialized in negotiation, related disputes, and developing more efficient processes for contract review. He provides significant domain expertise as a contract attorney with more than 10 years of experience. His research tasks include creating various annotations standards, training annotators, and reviewing experimental results. Along with other members of BlackBoiler’s senior research team, Dan conceptualizes, plans, and tracks BlackBoiler’s research efforts.

Dan earned his J.D. From American University, Washington College of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary engineering and management from Clarkson University.

James L. Michalowicz

Senior Manager, Legal Operations Business Performance
TE Connectivity Ltd.

James L. Michalowicz is the Senior Manager – Legal Operations Business Performance for TE Connectivity based in Berwyn, PA. He serves as the law department’s leader for the company’s TE Operating Advantage and Extraordinary Customer Experience programs. His areas of expertise include litigation management, eDiscovery, information governance and law department operations management.

Mr. Michalowicz has worked 13 years in-house serving in various law department operation leadership roles at DuPont and Tyco International. He is a charter member of both the Sedona Conference Working Group One and Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute advisory board. In addition, Mr. Michalowicz is a Six Sigma black belt and has developed legal analytics models to measure the performance of legal services.

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