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The world we live in is getting more and more digital every day. From self-driving cars to virtually virtual everything, it's still shocking to learn that even people are starting to go digital, literally.

Seemingly overnight (or over the past few years, whatever) celebrities have been made into actual holograms, and even more surprisingly, a full body scan isn't even necessary, as Tu-Pac's hologram performed at Coachella way back in 2012 (though the tech has come a long way since and full body scans make so much more possible). People aren't actually being replaced, but rather, preserved, digitally.

Law Firm to Use Software Games for Hiring

Military leaders have long used games for battlefield strategy, and now a law firm is using games as a hiring strategy.

O'Melveny & Myers is evaluating potential associates through games that measure effort, attention, planning, memory, and flexibility. The firm says the artificially intelligent games will help assess candidates "based on potential, not pedigree."

Pymetrics, a New York company, is designing the games to remove potential gender, racial or ethnic bias in employment. It's a battle law firms have been fighting for some time.

A Tribute to HAL, the 13th Greatest Movie Villain of All Time

If you look hard enough, you can find a legal angle anywhere -- even in the eternal reaches of space.

Gerry W. Beyer, who writes for the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog, found cause to pay tribute to the voice of HAL. That would be the "13th Greatest Movie Villain of All Time."

Douglas Rain, the voice-actor for the computer protagonist in 2001 A Space Odyssey, has died. HAL, of course, went with him.

Satan Sues Netflix, and No, It's Not a Horror Flick

The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic religious and activist group, has sued Netflix over the use of the Baphomet statue in the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

If you don't know Sabrina, she's an adolescent who wrestles with her half-witch, half-human nature. So yeah, she's a teenager.

Baphomet is a medieval deity with a human body and a goat's head; that would be Satan. The lawsuit is about copyright and trademark infringement, which of course means hell.

Infamous Patent Enforcement LLC Files Bankruptcy

Ding, dong, the most prolific patent troll is dead.

Shipping & Transit, which filed more than 500 patents suits, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has done nothing but litigate for years.

Its most famous claim to fame was winning the "Stupid Patent of the Month." That and its $1 portfolio will get you a cup of coffee.

California DMV Approves Waymo Autonomous Vehicles In Some Cities

Waymo won the driverless car lottery, getting the first permit to go truly driverless in California.

Scores of car companies have been operating autonomous cars with "safety drivers" for years. But according to reports, Waymo is the first to legally put cars on the street with nobody in the driver's seat.

Waymo vehicles have been rolling since 2014, but 2018 is the year they get their own license. That's one small step for Waymo, one giant leap for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Patent Office to Allow Patent Owners to Amend Claims More Easily

Somebody said to be careful what you ask for, but they didn't mean to ask the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

In any case, the PTAB has been listening to practitioners. In response, the agency recently rewrote its trial practice guide and revised standard operating procedures.

As if patent practice weren't hard enough, now the PTAB is proposing changes to its claims process. It's a good thing they didn't change the substantive law. Well in a way, they did that, too.

When it comes to giving AI control over recruiting and hiring, there's a potential drawback that employers need to be aware of: racism, sexism and bigotry are all learned attributes, and machines can learn them too.

Amazon recently learned this lesson the hard way. It basically had to abandon a project that involved using AI to find ideal candidates when it found out that the AI had learned to be a sexist. What's worse is that the AI learned it from Amazon's own past hiring practices.

Apple Sued Over Dual-Camera Tech

It's hard to say what came first: the chicken, or the egg, or the dual-camera iPhone technology.

In a new lawsuit, two inventors claim their dual-camera tech came first. Apple, they say, infringed on their patent.

Chickens and eggs actually have nothing to do with the lawsuit, but it's fair to say that the first one will win the patent battle. Or they could settle -- six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Alexa Could Tell If You're Sick or Depressed

Alexa, the voice of Amazon's smart devices, can tell you a lot of things.

The weather, traffic conditions, the news; it goes on and on. Now Amazon has patented a technology for Alexa to tell you whether you are sick or depressed.

When technology can detect your voice, your face, and your heart rate, it sounds like a healthy step forward for artificial intelligence. There is a catch, however. It looks like Alexa wants to be your pharmacist, too.