Recently, we have been urging John Robb to translate his ideas into science fiction.
It's only fair to our critics, who may contend that we stop picking on Robb and come up with some science fiction of our own, that we respond.
Well, here it is: RoboLawyers. We envision a futuristic society in which all legal work is done by computers, able to unravel complex derivatives with a single bound.
Our plot revolves around some hackers who break into the robolawyers and rewrite the laws.
And we're closer to this than you think. The law firm, Wilson Sosini and Rosati has an onlineTerm Sheet Generator to generate venture financing forms. The law is getting more and more automated each day.
Come to think of it, there are other science fiction potential plots. We could imagine some sort of computerized, human-mechanical Borg attempting to assimilate society into it. Or an Invasion of the Body Snatchers, scenario in which lawyers are covertly replaced by robot substitutes.
The truth is out there....