Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Virtual Lawyer Speaking Crowdsourced Wisdom

PopularmechanicsAccording to this article in Popular Mechanics, virtual lawyers speaking crowdsourced wisdom is one of 110 predictions that will  come to pass over the next 110 years.  The occasion is the 110th anniversary of this revered magazine. Here is the blurb:

A virtual lawyer will help you plan your estate. "I don't mean avatars," Cisco's Dave Evans [Cisco's chief futurist] says. "I mean virtual people—self-contained, thinking organisms indistinguishable from humans." Sounds crazy, right? But surely you've seen the magic of CGI [Computer Generated Imagery]. What's to say you can't attach a lifelike visage to an interface fronting the crowdsourced wisdom of the Internet? Give it a nice head of hair, teach it how to smile, and you're looking at a brilliant legal eagle with awesome people skills.

If this makes you worried, note that the magazine also predicts annual physicals being done through a cellphone app.

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Good lord. The cult of law school convinces 98% of lawyers that Lochner WAS THE WORST DECISION EVER(TM). Independent thought is to the legal profession as what clean hockey is to the '74 Philadelphia Flyers. It's a big group-think CYA ring-toss, a set of grotesque curtsies to purportedly justify another self-serving indulgence, yet, amazingly, a near-complete abdication of what actually matters. Case in point: law schools, outside internships, don't actually teach you how to write a state-valid will! Yay justice!

Oh wait. Sorry. Still admitted to bar. Guardians of free society and all that. So what I really meant to say, if one attorney is good, then 10,000 attorneys must be even the greater of that one. But I guess my question is: whose name is that going to be on the malpractice policy?

Posted by: Offshore Tax Attorney | Dec 20, 2012 10:55:29 AM

When I see things like this I go back to my oncomplete memory, uneducated, and prone to serious spelling errors and believe that the Miranda warning came from a motion that some criminal wrote on a gum wrapper. No?

Whatever part of that is correct lets me know that hundreds of years of attorneys did NOT find that one. How?

Crowd-sourcing anything is bound to enlarge the fence of known knowns. What I don't understand is why India hasn't started a program to steal the curricula of Harvard/Yale law so that we can call them for advice on the legal issues, too. I legal knowledge is subject to Moore's law.

Posted by: SenatorMark4 | Dec 20, 2012 1:27:07 PM

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