Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gather everything, select out what is covered by the warrant, keep the rest in case it proves useful sometime in the future?  No doubt the FBI will start saving all the phone calls it gathers with ‘stingray.’
Adam Klasfeld reports:
In a setback of data-privacy advocates, the Second Circuit agreed en banc today that authorities did not commit an unreasonable seizure by sitting on computer data for 2 ½ years before an investigation.
Judge Denny Chin penned a furious dissent likening the case to the digital-age equivalent of the general warrants from Britain’s throne that inspired the American Revolution.
Read more about U.S. v. Ganias on Courthouse News.

When “natural intelligence” is absent?
How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on
ABA Journal, Julie Sobowale, April 1, 2016: “Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients.  Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology.  It is the next great hope that will revolutionize the legal profession.  Change can be brought on through pushing existing ideas.  What makes artificial intelligence stand out is the potential for a paradigm shift in how legal work is done.  AI, sometimes referred to as cognitive computing, refers to computers learning how to complete tasks traditionally done by humans.  The focus is on computers looking for patterns in data, carrying out tests to evaluate the data and finding results.  Chicago-based NexLP, which stands for next generation language processing, is creating new ways for lawyers to look at data…
·         “Nearly 80 percent of a company’s data is unstructured,” [Jay] Leib says.  “While unstructured data represents the lion’s share of a company’s data, for years lawyers have been stuck with antiquated tools that focus primarily or solely on Boolean search.  Better tools are needed to truly understand data, infer meaning, classify the various types of ideas present, and help you get to the result fast—even if that result didn’t involve the keywords you used.”  [David] Roth helped develop technology that can turn information into stories.  Story Engine is a program that can read through unstructured data and summarize conversations, including the ideas discussed, the frequency of the communication and the mood of the speakers.  The company uses the data to build models to analyze behavior and find signs of fraud or litigation…”

(Related) Lawyers could build their own systems or let the students in our programming classes do it as a project.
Google announces SyntaxNet: “The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source”
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on
May 12, 2016, Posted by Slav Petrov, Senior Staff Research Scientist: “At Google, we spend a lot of time thinking about how computer systems can read and understand human language in order to process it in intelligent ways.  Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet, an open-source neural network framework implemented in TensorFlow that provides a foundation for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems.  Our release includes all the code needed to train new SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as Parsey McParseface, an English parser that we have trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text.  Parsey McParseface is built on powerful machine learning algorithms that learn to analyze the linguistic structure of language, and that can explain the functional role of each word in a given sentence.  Because Parsey McParseface is the most accurate such model in the world, we hope that it will be useful to developers and researchers interested in automatic extraction of information, translation, and other core applications of NLU.”

Perspective.  The race to one billion anything used to take decades.
Google Photos celebrates first birthday and 24 billion selfies
Happy birthday, Google Photos.  In the year since its launch, the service has created 1.6 billion animations, collages and movies from your snapshots, according to a post on the Google blog.  More than that, there've been some 2 trillion labels, with 24 billion of them categorizing selfies.  All told, the search giant says that thanks to the cloud backup option, the app's 200 million users have collectively cleared 13.7 petabytes of storage from their phones.

It might help you select a search engine for specialized search areas. 
All the Internet Meta Search Engine
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on
All the Internet, a business of Advanced Search Technologies, Inc. which is a leading provider of search services and technology.  Advanced Search Technologies, Inc. continues to advance Internet search with new search technologies and features designed to improve the search experience for consumers.  Based in Nevada, Advanced Search Technologies, Inc. has a rich history of search technology innovation dating back to 1999 and has processed over 1 billion search requests.  All the Internet makes searching the Internet extremely easy, because All the Internet has all the best search engines rolled into one easy to use web site.  Our goal is to keep Internet search simple and safe.  

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