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I have my doubts that they can sell this for $6,800. Heck, a new scooter or motorcycle costs more than that. I am definitely interested, if they sell it for anything under $9,000. It would be perfect for driving the 8 miles to my office and the 3 miles from my office to the courthouse. Most of the driving I do is within 45 miles of home. A scooter would never work in Florida's climate with the rain, heat, and humidity. However, a fully enclosed air conditioned vehicle that gets great mileage is very intriguing. It would make a great second vehicle.
Omigosh! What a nightmare! Just imagine the stream of emails and phone calls this would generate -- "I see you're working on my case. Make sure you ...." or "I see you've been working on something called a motion for summary judgment. Is that really necessary? And how could you spend 10 hours on that?" Geesh, you'd never get any work done explaining every entry in "real time." This is one technology where I would have to draw the line for sure.
That's a great true story. It goes to show that contrary to what you sometimes hear, bankruptcy can, and is, a "fresh start" and a lesson learned. Fortunately for the people, or unfortunately for consumerism, I think a lot of people are learning similar lessons in this economy.
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"Technology can do a lot of things; but, thank goodness it can't do the job of a lawyer. Innovators should remember that technology used to help humans do a better job will succeed." You might be technically correct, but I'm glad I'm a 50 year old litigation lawyer and not a 25 year old office lawyer. I think technology is going to help reduce the number of lawyers with jobs. Did you see Watson on Jeopardy? The future of Watson is expert systems. Imagine a future Watson for Lawyers doing legal research. Dictate the fact scenario you're researching directly to Watson for Lawyers, then sit back and watch Watson go. How many fewer associates will be needed for complicated research? What difference will widespread super high speed broadband and widespread videoconferencing and collaboration technology make to the demand for lawyers to travel to hearings? Fewer lawyers will be able to handle more hearings without ever leaving the office. Unbundling, virtual law offices, and outsourcing will further reduce the job market for lawyers. Fewer lawyers will handle a higher volume of "bread and butter" work more "efficiently." "Expert systems" will allow handfulls of lawyers to oversee lower paid armies of paralegals who will be able to do the job "good enough" in most cases. The lawyers will be able to spend less time on other matters and more time training and supervising the non-lawyer staff. Perhaps a four year degree and on the job training will come back into vogue and we'll see a two tier system of J.D. lawyers supervising "registered paralegals" backed up by expert systems? Aren't we on the way there already? As a lawyer who tries cases, I won't be replaced any time soon by a machine. It will be a long time before anything but I breathing human can appear in court and argue a case. But, like I said, I'd hate to be a 25 year old law school grad.
I think a great use of a tablet for lawyers would be to replace the legal pad. Can you write on the screen of a GTablet and then save the file to your hard drive? Can you recommend a tablet that would do that? is now following The Typepad Team
Jan 18, 2010