Welcome to smartcourts.org - engineering the legal singularity
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.
Jeremy Bentham (1808)
What is a smart court? A court is smart if it begins to deploy any technology which curtails the role of lawyers in the legal system, contracts the scope of what is called the practice of law, or reduces the roles lawyers play in the delivery of legal services.
A blind court intent on becoming a smart court must gradually reduce the uncertainty of the law by developing and deploying computational legal certainty.
Ray Kurzweil has a near trademark on the term, singularity, which he defines as the amalgamation of human neural nature and computational hardware and software. Intelligence will increasingly become non-organic and “trillions of times more powerful than it is today,” he predicts. Hyperbole aside, the legal singularity explored in this blog is a pragmatic project fueled by the scandal that legal services delivered by licensed attorneys are too expensive, and not very good either.