Sun, 13 Jun 2004 16:58:05 GMT

Lawyers vs. Computer Scientists. James Grimmelmann has an interesting pointer to an article purporting to describe the difference between how computer scientists and lawyers think. The core of the article is that legal data has “color”, or provenance. It’s a fun essay, but as someone who often straddles this divide, I think it’s missing something important. But darned if I can put my finger on what it is. Maybe that law is often about shades of gray, when computer logic is binary?… []


i think the main difference is the will of computer science to rebuild the whole from scratch rebuilding ad infinitum. 'color' i would argue is the same for both.