There's vibrant discussion of the impact of AI and robotics on the future practice of law. Some predict the end of lawyers as we know them; others foresee a streamlined and efficient world.
In this amusing article, Richard Barr transports us into the future where robots have had a dramatic impact on productivity. It's a wondrous world where lawyers don't need to cram onto a commuter train every day and there's a really clever case management system that even finds new clients for you. But then there's a shift and it turns out clients want something else altogether.
Richard Barr is a stalwart contributor to Solicitors Journal. For more than 25 years he's been writing for the world's longest-running legal journal, and last year he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions - that run to three-quarters of a million words! You can read more of his irreverent comments on the life of a lawyer on the Solicitors Journal website.
Even though it took a long time for solicitors to embrace modern technology, we have now not only embraced but fallen in love with and married AI (artificial intelligence to you, sir). If your entire working life can be administered by something no larger than a Coke can, why then do you need to slog and sweat on a packed Southern train to get to an expensive office every day? Those of us who have grasped the nettle of innovation do things differently these days. We do not actually go into the office any more, but every morning we don virtual reality goggles which show us in 3D what the office would be like if there were one. None of it is real but it helps us keep in touch with the Brave New Virtual World of the Law.