Will Court Reporters Be Replaced By Computers?

I just posted an interview that I did with a speech recognition expert and posed this question:
Are court reporters going to be replaced by computers someday?


Todd: ... So, here is the million dollar question then -- as a court reporter, and I am asking this on behalf of all court reporters and the industry in general, I guess, do you see court reporters being replaced by speech recognition technology or artificial intelligence (AI) and if so, what is the timeframe?

Henry: Well, you know with AI, I don't see it on the horizon. People always talk about it being 5 years, 10 years away, but in my experience in the arena they usually double or triple those numbers. So, if I was a court reporter today, I would not be too worried about it.

Are court reporters going to be replaced by computers someday?

Read the interview in its entirety by clicking on the link above.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

  Comment by Jenny Kim | Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Thanks for posting this interview. As a CR student, I am always concerned about the future of the career. This interview does help to show how technology will enhance rather than replace court reporting… at least for the foreseeable future. I really enjoy reading your informative blog and appreciate the time you put into it.

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