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On his blog, The Subway Fold, Alan Rothman writes about legal tech and education, traditional and social media, big data and metrics, visualization and tech-oriented things about my hometown of New York. As to my bio for the database, I am currently seeking consulting assignments on KM, content strategy and project management. My blog is above and I am on Twitter at both @SubwayFold and @AlanJRothman1. Alan previously worked at three AmLaw 100 firms in NYC in legal tech and legal KM positions. He also wrote the first regular legal tech column for the NY Law Journal from 1990 to 1994. He then moved over to become one of the original forum moderators on Counsel Connect. Alan is Twitter at both @SubwayFold and @AlanJRothman1 and he may be contacted via email – alanrothman at yahoo.com.

Googles A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations

Alan Rothman discusses and documents a method of testing used in the private sector that also has significant in public sector applications – the process called “A/B testing.” Users are shown two nearly identical versions of something with one of them containing some slight variation. They are then asked to choose which one they prefer between the two. Rothman references how Google makes extensive use of this testing and design methodology, and also provides insight into how the federal government is implementing the tactics and strategies of this testing to provide more agile and actionable citizen and business related services.

Subjects: KM, The Tao of Law Librarianship

Vermonts Legislature is Considering Support for Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts

Bitcoin is a significant disruptive technology with a growing impact on the financial sector and legal sectors, around the world. Alan Rothman expertly educates us on new legislation from Vermont that is intended to move the state towards using blockchain technology for “records, smart contracts and other applications”. One of the key distinctions Rothman highlights is that Vermont is not in any manner approving or adopting Bitcoin, but rather, the state is diversifying and adapting the underlying blockchain technology that supports it.

Subjects: Business Research, Intellectual Property, Internet Trends, Legal Education, Legal Technology, Legislative, Technology Trends

Watson, is That You? Yes, and Ive Just Demo-ed My Analytics Skills at IBMs New York Office

Alan Rothman attended a demo of IBM’s Watson Technology, and the shares insights about the core components of this high profile new analytical tool. The technology holds potential value for multiple sectors and cross functional work streams, and as Alan notes, is still under development with additional applications forthcoming.

Subjects: Ahead of the Curve, Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, Information Management, KM, Social Media

Human Resources Management Meets Big Data in Devising Systems to Identify Star Employees

Alan Rothman provides much needed insight and perspective regarding the role of employee performance and productivity metrics, big data, and identifying future leaders within an organization. Although HR professionals and software applications have been engaged to deliver results that yield this knowledge, both are lacking in effectively leveraging and delivering processes to drive future success.

Subjects: Big Data, Communication Skills, Management

New Chips are Using Deep Learning to Enhance Mobile, Camera and Auto Image Processing Capabilities

Alan Rothman takes a look at the expanding experience of how we interface with our devices’ screens for inputs and outputs nearly all day and everyday. He explains how what many of the gadgets will soon be able to display and, moreover, understand about digital imagery is about to take a significant leap forward. This is a result of the pending arrival of new chips embedded into their circuitry that are enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

Subjects: Blogs, Gadgets

How Robots and Computer Algorithms are Challenging Jobs and the Economy

Alan Rothman casts an expert eye onto the landscape of an growing phenomenon – the rise of robotic technologies and their current and forthcoming impact on our workforce and on the economy. This review was sparked by a new book authored by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford titled Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. The depth and significance of the critical issues the book raises is the focus of Rothman’s insightful and engrossing commentary.

Subjects: Technology Trends

Recent Visualization Projects Involving US Law and The Supreme Court

Examples of the use of visualizations and graphical representations of data and documents in the legal arena are increasing. Alan Rothman’s article includes examples from the public and private sectors as well as academia.

Subjects: Court Resources, Courts & Technology, Intellectual Property, Privacy

IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge

Alan Rothman’s commentary offers actionable information about a new technology from IBM called Watson that is a powerful tool for researchers whose work engages data mining, knowledge management and competitive intelligence. Rothman attended a recent presentation that demonstrated how Watson is deployed as a search and discovery tool whose object is the huge video archive of TED Talks content.

Subjects: Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, KM

Book Review – The Age of Cryptocurrency

Alan Rothman highlights the increasing impact of an online payment system that is immersed in finance and economics around the world – the expanding use of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. With actionable links to expert professional topical sources on these subjects, Alan’s article will bring you up to speed on a bleeding edge cross border issue that impacts law, technology, e-commerce and the deep web.

Subjects: Technology Trends

Thats Write: Putting Aside the Keyboard and Using a Pen or Pencil Can be Good for Your Brain

Alan Rothman, expert knowledge manager, content strategist and project manager, discusses valuable lessons learned throughout his education that he continues to practice today. Specifically, the importance of hand written notes and hand editing electronically prepared documents remains a key component of knowledge retention, organization, and connecting critical information to projects, plans, coordinating work assignments, and delivering work product to customers. Maintaining and improving cognitive skills through handwriting is well documented, and Rothman discusses the multiple ways that writing plays an integral role at work, at home, in education, and in personal development.

Subjects: Uncategorized
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