I recently saw this article online and thought it was too great not to share! It’s so nice when someone appreciates all that it takes to be a court reporter. Our staff works hard to maintain and improve their skill level, but everyone is in a hurry these days and attorneys want to take a two-hour deposition in 45 minutes! This article shows that it’s not just spoken word, through the fingers, to the computer, yet we make it look that easy.
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By Emily Barnill | November 12, 2015
There’s a fine line to tread when discussing technology in the court reporting industry. The technology Remote Counsel equips court reporters with enables them to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently, while also providing them with additional revenue opportunities. It does not attempt to replace the court reporter in any way. Suggesting that that is even possible is laughable – but it hasn’t stopped some critics.
Those that continue to insist that technology will soon eliminate the need for court reporters might rethink their stance after reading the following excerpt from a deposition involving a neuropsychologist.
Neuropsychologist: May I give an example of this?
Neuropsychologist: Okay. If you look — and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. Okay. They’re a miracle that needs to be protected. And if you look at the court reporter right now, as an example, okay, this is a miracle in progress happening right before your eyes.
Let me just explain what she needs to do. I am speaking, so the information has to come in through her ear into her temporal lobe, and it has to go log itself into the language center. She has to be able to comprehend what I’m saying.
Then it has to get rerouted to the prefrontal cortex where it has to hold — she has to be able to hold the information, because, you know, I continuously talk so she has to hold it. Right?
Then she has to analyze it, integrate it and synthesize it. Then it has to go back to the cerebellum and she has to be able to execute this, and she has to be able to then convert my words into those little squiggly marks. Have you ever seen court reporters have little squiggly language things?
So she has to convert it into a different language, and the white matter tracks allows her to reroute all of this information simultaneously without effort. Okay.
We take our brains for granted. She’s sitting here. I’m probably talking too fast for her, but she’s able to do this simultaneously. Seamlessly. Okay.
No animal on the planet can do this. All right. That’s why I believe court reporters will never be replaced. Because no technical — no technology could replace the beauty of that brain and the miracle of that brain. And that’s why your brain should always be protected and you should take care of it.
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