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The current FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, has announced that the agency will host a public forum at its Washington D.C. headquarters on artificial intelligence and machine learning, at the end of the month. Prediction: It will be a steaming hot pile of obsoleteness.

The announcement is also a call to those in the industry who may want to participate or even provide demonstrations on how machine learning and AI can make an impact on the communications of today. Pai was quoted explaining that the commission wants to explore what AI and machine learning mean to the future of communication. Prediction: Expect corporate infomercials.

Hofstra's 'Courtroom of the Future'

The "Courtroom of the Future" is not a courtroom; it's the future of courtrooms.

But Hofstra University has one -- a working model for law students to learn how to practice in the future. It features trial practice software, digital presentations, video-conferencing for witnesses, and more.

Judge Gail Prudenti, who is dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra, says legal tech is a priority there. That's because lawyers of the future are going to need it.

Over Protests, Court Approves Huge Telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is the largest mountain in the world, bigger than Mount Everest when measured from the sea floor.

Because of its height and position on the Earth, it is also the site of some of the world's largest telescopes. One -- planned to be the biggest in the Northern Hemisphere -- has been at the center of protests because the mountain is considered sacred in traditional Hawaiian culture.

Even so, the Hawaii Supreme Court has approved a construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope. It may not work out in the long run, however, because Mauna Kea is also a volcano.

The Law Isn't Ready for Wells Fargo's AI

Michelle Neufeld, head of compliance for Wells Fargo's financial institutions, sees compliance and technology like a family relationship.

Governments are the parents, and financial institutions are the children. It's all good as long as the kids follow the rules.

But there's a problem with technology -- especially artificial intelligence. The parents don't really want the children to share that information.

Whether you love'em or hate'em, those rentable eScooters are everywhere these days. In many cities across the country, these rentable electric scooters are strewn about sidewalks and are causing real problems for the pedestrians that choose not to scoot.

Fortunately, because we lawyers are the heroes the public needs (though may not want, or know they need), one attorney has decided to take the eScooter scourges to task, filing a class action lawsuit against both Bird and Lime, the two biggest eScooter renters. The case alleges that these companies are negligent (if not criminally-so) and have "draconian" end user agreements that seek to limit the companies' liability for accidents and injuries caused to and by their users.

Self-Driving School Bus Shut Down by Feds

Self-driving school bus -- what's wrong with this picture?

It's not a test, but if it were, the self-driving school bus company just failed. After several weeks cruising driverless in suburban Florida, the pilot project has reached the end of the road.

Federal regulators shut down Transdev for obvious reasons. It's a French company.

Imagine walking into an interview and being asked a riddle. That doesn't sound like fun, does it? Or how about instead of a riddle, you're asked, by a mysterious black box, to solve a complex mathematical equation that the company spent months on figuring out ... sounds like something right out of science fiction, right?

Well, like cloned goats and wall-sized interactive television (advertisements at least), the riddle-me-this-impossible-equation-black-box-interviewer science-fiction scenario is no longer a fiction. And if you're wondering who you have to thank (or curse or sue), look no further than Lockheed Martin.

In the ever-increasing competition for tech business in states, regulations matter. Many cities offer financial incentives to attract business, but a favorable regulatory environment for legal tech has certainly been stifled by a lack of regulation, or perhaps, over-regulation due to a failure to update the existing ones to account for the technological advances of the past decade.

But now, Florida's Supreme Court has a few matters on the bench that could turn Florida into a legal tech hub. A recent feature in AboveTheLaw's tech blog, EvolveTheLaw, discusses the three issues, broadly framing the matters as an opportunity for the state's high court to make the state a leader for the legal tech industry, potentially attracting new businesses and more importantly, innovation in the legal tech sector.

What Are Security Tokens and Where Can I Get Some?

In the dizzying rise of cryptocurrencies, there is a new player in town. It's called a security token.

A security token represents a traditional, private security interest, like a share in a company. But instead of a piece of paper, like a stock certificate, the security token wraps it up electronically.

That's what Josh Stein says, and he should know. His company is working on the next big thing in blockchain technology.

Skim Reaper Device Hunts Card Skimmers

New York police have a new tool to catch credit-card skimmers.

Those are the malicious devices that capture bank information from the magnetic stripe on your credit and debit cards. And then the thieves use the information to buy way too much stuff at Walmart.

Anyway, researchers figured out how to detect the devices at the point of sale. So far, police have found one.