Automating Knowledge Work
The title of the piece in the Times says it all: Armies of Expensive Lawyers Replaced by Cheaper Software
or almost all. The article explains how software can now sift through mountains of legal documents to extract key content relevant to court cases. The piece is interesting both for the technical discussion and for the implications for the careers of lawyers. However, the piece becomes even more interesting when read with Paul Krugman's column on Degrees and Dollars
in which he makes the more general point that many of the knowledge work jobs that were previously available for college graduates are being displaced by advances in technology.