Forget crime-reporting robots or machine secretaries ; the future may be far more simplistic. Need to document your work time on a particular case? Just say it aloud . Want to find out how many cases your team handled last month? Just ask. Something will hear you and answer back. And chances are, her name will be Alexa.

The promise of Alexa—Amazon’s voice assistant hosted on computers, mobile phones and smart speakers like Amazon Echo—may prove a holy grail for legal: an automated, frictionless and natural way to interact with complex platforms without having to learn many of the nuances of a new platform. Some legal technology companies are integrating their platforms with Alexa to enable voice controlled commands.

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