Friday, February 18, 2011

Technology, Law, and the Workplace: Week in Review

The Gray Plant Mooty attorneys behind The Modern Workplace are devoted to exploring current issues in employment and labor law. We are particularly interested in “The Next Big Thing,” our shorthand for the many ways that technology is revolutionizing both the world we live in and the workplace. Each week, we will provide a summary of interesting news and blogs involving technology and law, especially the law of the workplace. This week marks the first of our “TNBT: Week in Review” features on The Modern Workplace.
The buzz this week in the world of technology is “Watson,” the IBM computer that competed on ‘Jeopardy!’ this week. He mopped the floor with his human competition, generating quite a stir about the amazing advances that have been made in the field of artificial intelligence. While autonomous robots are not replacing humans in the workplace just yet, the General Counsel of IBM reports that Watson could do legal research. I for one welcome our new computer overlords.
Technology in the Workplace
Technology and the Law More Generally
Technology News
  • Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America (NY Times)
  • Google Search Results Get More Social (Bits, Fast Company)
  • Computer Wins ‘Jeopardy!’: Trivial, It’s Not (NY Times)
  • Imagining a World of Total Connectedness, and Its Consequences (NY Times)
  • Twitter, Translations, and the New Geopolitics (Fast Company)
  • Exactly What Role Did Social Media Play in the Egyptian Revolution? (Fast Company)
  • Google’s E-Valentine Suits Geeks in Love and Creeps Alike (Fast Company)
  • Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears (NY Times)
  • Hackers Go After the Smartphone (NY Times)
  • Prime Times for Smartphone Use (NY Times)

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