Tech Snippets Today – HackerEarth – Vishy Shukla – CTO; OccSaviors – Jeffrey Miller – Founder, with Joseph Raczynski

Web3 is rapidly deploying globally. There are those that are building, and those that are harnassing the skills to build. One can birth the other.

In today’s discussion, I speak with Vishwastam (Vishy) Shukla, Chief Technology Officer at HackerEarth, which is a tech hiring platform that helps recruiters and engineering managers effortlessly hire the best developers thanks to a powerful suite of virtual recruiting tools that help identify, assess, interview and engage developers. They also put on a ton of hackathons. One huge winner from a recent HackerEarth hackathon, OccSaviors. They fight for Honest Occupational Health Hazard Standards. Founder and industrial hygienist Jeffrey Miller details how the decentralized project looks to give occupational workers the fuel they need to track their exposure levels by using NFTs.

It’s great to see how education in technology, especially in Web3, can create amazing new companies.

Tech Snippets Today – Baker Donelson – Justin Daniels – Shareholder & Attorney, with Joseph Raczynski

Baker Donelson has always been at the tip of the spear when it comes to their focus on blockchain and other digital assets in legal. Today, I spoke with Justin Daniels, Shareholder, Corporate M&A Technology Attorney and all around NFT, blockchain, and cybersecurity guru. Those are my words, not his.

What I enjoyed about the discussion was Justin’s focus on the importance of cybersecurity for all emerging technologies as they develop, not as an afterthought. We touch on the FTX fiasco, ChatGPT, and the future of identity.

Baker has a practice group called the Blockchain and Digital Assets Technology where attorneys offer clients multi-disciplinary representation in the growing area of blockchain and digital asset technology, including corporate and business matters, securities, Anti-Money Laundering and Know-Your-Customer (AML/KYC), money transmitter, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, litigation, government relations, and public policy. Clients benefit from working with a group that understands the underlying technology to help frame the legal issues affecting blockchain and digital assets, enabling them to collaborate to develop thoughtful, effective business solutions.

Tech Snippets Today – AllCertified – Michael Eckstein – CEO & Chairman, with Joseph Raczynski

This is my discussion with Michael Eckstein, CEO and Chairman of AllCertified. We get into all things about NFTs and the cetification of art, collectables and eventually all digital assets.

AllCertified is a visionary group of NFT gurus, experienced fintech programmers, cryptocurrency miners, and industry-leading copyright and trademark IP lawyers with deep contacts in the sports, social media, and entertainment industries. We have come together to create and launch AllCertified, the unique company with patent-pending technology to create blockchain authenticated celebrity autographs to be affixed to digital NFTs…producing huge across-the-board increased value to any NFT digital collectibles related to sports, TV, and movie personalities, musical performers, social media influences, artists, live concerts, etc. on a global basis.

Litigation Radio: Ten Tips for Building a Scalable and Sustainable Law Practice

Podcast Host: Dave Scriven-Young

The legal industry is constantly changing—client expectations have evolved, law firms are running remotely, and the use of legal technology has increased. So how can litigators keep up and continue to grow and improve their practice? In this episode of Litigation Radio, top legal experts discuss ideas and technology to help build a more scalable and sustainable law practice.

Joining this episode are:

  • Don Bivens (Chair, ABA Center for Innovation)
  • Kimberly Bennett (Lawyer, Strategist, and Tech Co-Founder for Social Impact Entrepreneurs)
  • Joseph Raczynski (Global Leader in Leveraging Emerging Technologies)
  • Joseph Gartner (Director, ABA Center for Innovation)

Discussed in this episode:

  • New AI-powered legal writing tools
  • Scheduling software for lawyers
  • Legal chatbots
  • Law firm sales customer relationship management
    (CRM)
  • Lawyer payment methods your clients want
  • Client portals and experience platforms for law
    firms

Yes, AI has Made THE Leap!

For the past decade, I have been consistently extolling the virtues and concerns of the impending “Exponential Technology” era.  Well, it’s here. 

The first manifestation of this was OpenAI’s DALL-E product, which I encountered at an MIT conference in April 2022. DALL-E 2 is a website that allows users to type in concepts or phrases and instantly generate corresponding artwork or images in any desired form. The results can be continuously refined to produce truly extraordinary creations.

Here are a few examples:

“A hamburger in the shape of a Rubik’s cube, professional food photography”

Image credit: Michael Howe-Ely

“A BBQ that is alive, in the style of a Pixar animated movie”

Image credit: Michael Howe-Ely

I recently had the opportunity to present these ideas, along with their likely implications, to a legal audience at Thomson Reuters’ Synergy 2022 conference. It quickly became clear that the effects of this technology will extend far beyond the realm of law, touching upon fields as diverse as writing, coding, financial modeling, prediction markets, business planning, and more.

Just a few weeks after my presentation, OpenAI released ChatGPT, a tool that demonstrates similar capabilities with language as DALL-E 2 does with images. I have spent the past month experimenting with ChatGPT, and the results are nothing short of astounding. Though it is not yet perfect, ChatGPT is incredibly powerful and can produce impressive results with minimal input. For instance, within just ten seconds, it was able to generate a fully-fledged lease document, complete with all necessary parameters.

Here is an example.

Within 10 seconds a full lease is produced with all parameters added. Just a portion displayed below.

Similarly, ChatGPT was able to create code for a smart contract to establish a law firm’s own blockchain-based token system in just 15 seconds.  This one would allow for a law firm to have its own token, as an incentive for clients to use them, earning them a discount each matter they brought.

Having built these before, this was very impressive as a first pass and completed in 15 seconds.

It is becoming increasingly clear that AI will have a profound impact on “white collar” jobs in the coming years, contrary to the initial belief that it would primarily affect manual labor first. The potential implications of this technology are truly staggering and will likely bring about significant changes to the way we work and live.

There are a ton of other nuances to this, which I will be writing and vlogging about in the coming weeks.

Tech Snippets Today – Project Liberty – Frank McCourt, Founder, with Joseph Raczynski

My conversation with Frank McCourt, Founder at Project Liberty, about the state of the world surrounding social media and why decentralization could be the answer.

Project Liberty aims to create a new civic architecture for the digital world that returns the ownership and control of personal data to individuals, embeds ethical values into technology, and expands economic opportunities for web users and developers alike. The initiative seeks to accelerate the world’s transition to an open, inclusive data economy that puts citizens in control — a future in which all people, not just the few, directly benefit from their participation and contribution. The success of this work depends on many people and organizations actively working together to shape a better future.

Through Unfinished, Project Liberty is working to engage diverse voices and equip them with the critical infrastructure they need to catalyze change. We have developed a groundbreaking open-source protocol called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP) to serve as a new infrastructure for the next generation of the web. And we are bringing together networks of organizations that seek change, including the formation of McCourt Institute, to help ensure that digital governance is embedded and prioritized in the development of new technology.

Tech Snippets Today – YellowHeart – Josh Katz, CEO with Joseph Raczynski

YellowHeart leverages Web3 to revitalize ticketing, empower fans, artists, and sports teams. Using blockchain in a very usable way, the organization helps people and venues by accessing deeper layers of community.

I speak with Josh Katz, CEO of YellowHeart about the industry and what is changing. It is clear from our talks that this is the future of ticketing.

Tech Snippets Today at NEARCON – Mailchain – Tim Boeckmann, Co-Founder & CEO with Joseph Raczynski

Think about all of Web3 in one inbox. You can now send email directly between wallets. A fascinating business looking to leverage decentralized ownership and use of email via a blockchain in a secure and protected fashion. Learn more about how this works, why you would want to use it, and how the Mailchain focuses on great people to build its company.

Tech Snippets Today at NEARCON – NEAR -Marieke Flament CEO, with Joseph Raczynski

Have you wondered about one of the most up and coming blockchain ecosystems in the world? Well, here is your opportunity to understand NEAR, one of the strongest contenders in the market.

We discuss decentralization, security, and scalability, along with regulation and diversity and inclusion. Meet Marieke Flament of NEAR and hear about the direction of the organization.