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You don't have to look far to find someone claiming that lawyers are tech-phobic. The perception of lawyers as reactionary Luddites isn't exactly correct, however. While the legal industry might not embrace the latest tech trends as quickly as say, a Silicon Valley social media startup, lawyers are no strangers to cutting-edge tech.

Take artificial intelligence, for example. A developing technology with some of the most "disruptive" potential, artificial intelligence is already working its way in to the legal sphere and leaving its mark on attorneys' everyday practices. Here are some examples to help illustrate AI's influence, taken from the FindLaw archives.

You post a job online and are suddenly inundated with hundreds of applications, cover letters, resumes, letters of recommendation. Do you put a flesh and blood human in charge of separating the wheat from the chaff? To make the first phone calls and handle round-one interviews?

For many companies, the answer is increasingly no. Instead, they’re turning to computer programs not just to sift through resumes, but to conduct actual interviews, and the “rise of the robo-interview” could have important legal implications.

Florida lawyers will have to take three hours of technology CLE courses in 2017 now that the state has become the first to mandate attorney tech training. The Florida Supreme Court approved the rule change last Thursday. The amendments to Florida's Bar Rules also include an addition to the comment on competent representation, clarifying that attorneys may retain a "non-lawyer advisor of established technological competence in the field in question" and emphasizing safeguarding confidential information as part of competent representation.

Will this be a trend that takes off nationally?

It's axiomatic these days that companies need to take cybersecurity seriously, lest they end up like the next Yahoo!, who recently revealed that it suffered the largest hack ever, potentially jeopardizing its plans to be acquired by Verizon. But cybersecurity protections can be restrictive and expensive, leading some clients to overlook them for as long as they can.

What's a lawyer to do? Surprisingly, the jury is still out, with some attorneys urging their colleagues to become more proactive in promoting cybersecurity among their clients, while others suggest a more cautious approach.

It's back to the drawing board for Uber and thousands of its drivers. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a proposed settlement between the two yesterday, saying that the agreement falls short of what is "fair, adequate, and reasonable."

The drivers' class action lawsuit alleges that Uber had misclassified its drivers in California and Massachusetts as independent contractors, instead of employees, denying them the protections of state and federal labor laws. The settlement left the question of the drivers status unanswered, in exchange for a potential $100 million payout and some small changes to Uber policy. Chen's rejection of the settlement is a significant blow to Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney representing the drivers, who has been criticized for allegedly selling the Uber drivers short.

Looking to spur some innovation in your legal practice? Maybe it's time to take some advice from Matt Homann, founder of Invisible Girlfriend, an actual, real-life company that offers a digital version of a real girlfriend "without the baggage." (Don't worry, there's an Invisible Boyfriend service too.)

What's the founder of a sort-of-sad fake girlfriend company know about the law? Well, before he was creating digital fauxmance, Homann was a solo practitioner, and he's dedicated years to thinking about innovation and the law. Homann recently spoke to the Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators about innovation in law firms, and some of his ideas seem worth considering.

BigLaw is moving into the cryptocurrency sphere, now that Steptoe and Johnson have announced that they're opening a blockchain and digital currency practice. Blockchain is the technology that underlies Bitcoin and other alternative digital currencies. It's been hailed as potentially revolutionary, capable of transforming everything from the legal sphere, to land registries, to international finance.

"The blockchain, like the internet, is going to have an impact on just about every existing type of institution in the years ahead," according to Jason Weinstein, the Steptoe partner co-leading the new practice area. And when that digital technology leads to real-world legal issues, Steptoe wants to be the BigLaw firm clients turn to first.

Colonizing Mars isn't as easy as Matt Damon makes it look. Before you're abandoned to the empty wasteland of the Red Planet and forced to learn to live off surplus rocket fuel and potatoes, you've got to get through the federal government.

And getting government approval to go beyond the Earth's orbit is no simple task, as one company learned recently. Moon Express recently became the first government-approved private mission to a celestial body, and they only wanted to go to the a few hundred thousand miles beyond the stratosphere. Before you boldly go where only government astronauts have gone before, you apparently need to clear a few legal hurdles.

Micah Johnson, a disgraced Army vet, is thought to have shot and killed five police officers and injured seven others in Dallas last Thursday. Johnson was killed in turn, hours after being cornered by police in a nearby parking garage. But Johnson didn't fall to police gunfire. He was blown up.

In what appears to be a first, the Dallas police used a Multi-function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot, or MARCbot, to end Johnson's life. The MARCbot, also known as a "bomb robot," was a simple military robot with an explosive attached to its arm, sent to dispatch the suspected Dallas shooter without endangering police officers' lives. But the use of the bomb robot has raised significant issues about the blending of military and police technologies and the delivery of deadly force when dealing with dangerous suspects.

It might be time to tap the breaks on the push for self-driving cars. Last Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into what could be the first fatality caused by a self-driving car: the death of Joshua Brown last May, who was killed after his self-driving Tesla collided with a tractor-trailer.

Here's how the fatality could impact this emerging industry, and the laws and regulations that govern it.