In part one of Dead Leader Walking we covered how Scott Koslosky’s ITLA keynote addressed the need for the legal community to embrace technology to keep itself relevant.  Monica Bay of ALM reported:

Koslosky then offered several provocative predictions about where technology is headed. He cited existing products such as Google Glass, showing a quick video of the highly-anticipated computer that literally is worn like eyeglasses, and a brainwave sensing headset from InteraXon, called Muse.

He noted a trend that happens with disruptive technology, which he calls “ban then require.” For example, in education, schools initially banned calculators, then required them; banned cell phones, then required them; banned iPad and hand-held computers then required them. Will the same trend happen with subdermal computer chips, he posed. Will the next generation’s children demand chips like today’s want iPhones?

Whatever comes, Klososky urged the audience to avoid being “in the middle of the pack. It’s not safe. You have to be willing to bleed a little.” Take the “alchemist role, be creative and innovative. Ninety percent of business intelligence is to be creative and innovative,” he said. “Don’t just install technology, connect things that have never been connected before.”

If technology 2.0 has been connecting people via social media, technology 3.0 will be connecting people and devices, “all connected, all come alive, and are connected to each other,” he said. Don’t be surprised if the car you buy in the future will allow you to program it for each family members, so your 16-year old won’t be able to speed, play the radio over a certain decibel level, or travel more than 30 miles from home. And 3D printers may be used to create body parts (which could come in handy when you slide too hard into first and whack out your knee).

In the final stretch of his speech, Koslosky offered a new word to describe this phenomenon. He called it “humology” — the combination of humanity and technology.

More about “humology” next time!