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Dennis Kennedy

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Over the past 20 years or so, lawyers have been simultaneously intrigued and frustrated by speech recognition technology. While different experiences yielded different results, the technology was never efficient enough to be practical. Over time, speech recognition started to disappear off the radar for most lawyers. Recently, with Siri and Google Now, smart watches, and improved cloud computing, dictation technology has improved dramatically and is more efficient and accurate than ever. Has it made an unexpected return?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell revisit speech recognition technology, look at the ways people are dictating text today, and discuss arguments for and against using it in your law practice. Mighell discusses how faster speeds and improvement in broadband for Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and other tools have made speech recognition a hot topic. He personally uses dictation most often when sending texts from his smartwatch, but he runs into connectivity issues. Kennedy has recently tried dictation again, yielding relatively successful results, but he would not use it to draft full documents. He discusses lawyers’ interest in full-time dictation, using an application like Dragon Dictation, and how younger lawyers come into the workplace with the ability to type faster and more efficiently than any speech recognition program. Both Kennedy and Mighell agree that the success of speech recognition technology depends mostly on social and cultural acceptability.

In the second part of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the apparent failure of the Google Glass launch and the emergence of Microsoft HoloLens, a virtual reality advanced holographic computing platform. Where is the future of wearable technology headed and what will be the biggest influences? As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

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Published: January 30, 2015
Podcast: Kennedy-Mighell Report
Category: Legal Technology
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