Consumer 3D printing promises to transform the manufacturing industry and spark the next industrial revolution. The technology has been around for about 30 years, but it is only recently that it has become accessible to the regular person. Today people can print jewellery, toys, prosthetic limbs, and so on, using 3D printers.
Not only are we undergoing an industrial revolution, we are also undergoing an information revolution as we move to an internet-based information society. Technology has revolutionized the way information is captured, shared, and disseminated. Richard Susskind asserts that “at the core, law is information-based, and lawyers are in the middle of an information revolution”. Therefore, the work of lawyers will change. As routine work becomes computerized, the future of legal services belongs to those with the ability to think creatively.
The legal publishing companies that capitalize on the trend towards computerizing routine work will be the ones that remain relevant in the coming decades. Legal publishing companies must invest in combining their databases with artificial intelligence. If they neglect to do so, they will surrender their market dominance and most likely perish.