This is a companion piece to Legaltech News’ January print feature, examining the next decade in law and technology from regulatory and practice of law trends. This article does a deep dive into the tech-centric changes legal technologists should expect—which, as it turns out, may sound awfully familiar to those paying attention.

It would be harsh to call legal technologies back in 2010 “simple,” but it also wouldn’t be wholly inaccurate. E-discovery and technology-assisted review (TAR) were maturing, but processing speeds were slow and review costs sky high. Automation was rare; artificial intelligence wasn’t yet a buzzword. Microsoft Azure didn’t debut until February 2010, and though Amazon Web Services (AWS) was around, Amazon didn’t even fully put its own systems in the cloud until November 2010.

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