I recently met with the folks at Altumatim and received a demo of their product, which has a unique approach to discovery. Here are some of my observations.
Approach to Discovery
Altumatim® is designed to find the best evidence for a case from your ESI based on learning the story you want to tell with the idea that “Whoever tells the best story wins”. The company was founded by David Gaskey, who is an IP lawyer and Vasudeva Mahavishnu who is a data scientist that was a client of David’s in an IP case. They have built a solution that doesn’t take the traditional approach of collecting, reviewing and producing documents to meet discovery obligations – instead, their focus is specifically targeted at finding the best evidence in an easy manner to get the best possible result for your client.
The solution is designed to accomplish this goal through a patent-pending system that leverages a set of custom large language models (LLMs) – the same type of technology generative AI platforms such as ChatGPT are built on – that work together to deliver results. Altumatim also provides a conversational AI virtual assistant – EMMETT (Ediscovery Made More Efficient Through Technology) – which enables you to ask questions or feed it a “story” to deliver the best evidence to address the question or tell the story.
In addition to EMMETT, the solution includes four primary modules to help you identify the best evidence. They are:
Storyline: Finds documents pertinent to the events in a timeline. EMMETT automates creating a chronology of events or the user can manually build the timeline. The team demonstrated this using the Skilling ascension to CEO, subsequent resignation and sale of stock to show how Altumatim can provide that chronology.
Topic Explorer: Shows you how the documents in your dataset fit with your topics or themes of the case, which you can then drill down into for more information.
Knowledge Browser: Provides a visual interface that illustrates relationships that exist between the key entities (individuals or organizations), events and themes of your story and lets you quickly see what evidence you have that ties them together.
Time Machine: Ties the Storyline, Topic Explorer and Knowledge Browser together “like the three branches of a flux capacitor” to quickly and comprehensively see the evidence that fits with your story presented chronologically. Now, you understand why they actually rented a DeLorean as part of their booth for Legalweek!
The combination of tools can help you create a briefcase or a deposition outline, prepare for meetings and interviews about the case, jump start investigations and more. You can even feed your opponent’s story into EMMETT, see what documents fit with their story and compare against the documents that support your story to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case, which is ideal during the early case assessment phase to make key case decisions!
Altumatim offers fixed fee, per-matter pricing and customizable enterprise pricing packages.
Altumatim is designed to take advantage of the latest technological developments in the field of artificial intelligence to simplify finding the most important documents in your case. It’s unique design appears to have considerable promise in helping disrupt the traditional EDRM workflows, which is timely considering that EDRM is updating their iconic model.
You can schedule a demo at their site here. Altumatim could be what the future of eDiscovery looks like. How’s that for a time machine?
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