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  • Joseph Raczynski

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Joseph is an innovator and early adopter of all things computer related. His primary focus is around the future of technology, and speaks globally about Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, DAOs, the Metaverse, Legal Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Future Work, and Robotics (drone technology). He also writes about the future of technology as it impacts the crossroads of our personal and professional lives, especially in the legal sector. Under the umbrella of Thomson Reuters, The Hearing a Legal Podcast, Joseph hosts a show with a technology focus. He also serves as a mentor with the Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator, a Cybersecurity Committee Member at the University of South Florida, and is a presidential committee appointee to the American Bar Association, Center for Innovation Governing Council.

     

    Joseph founded wapUcom, LLP, consulting with companies in web and wireless development. As a side project DC WiFi was created to help create a web of open wireless WiFi access points across cities and educate people about wireless security. Currently Joseph is with Thomson Reuters Legal managing a team of Technologists for both the Large Law, Corporate, and Government divisions in the US. Joseph serves the top law firms in the world consulting on legal trends and customizing Thomson Reuters legal technology solutions for enhanced workflows. He graduated from Providence College with a BA in Economics and Sociology and holds a Masters in eCommerce and MBA from the University of Maryland, Global Campus.

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  • My Predictions

    For Fun - Based on Years of Observations & Research - Predicted in 2015

    Wireless Power

    2020

    Wireless power will illuminate lights and charge your devices without, yes, wires. Using electromagnetic waves, our smaller, and later larger components, will no longer require cords plugged into the wall for power. It will start with phones and smaller everyday devices and later grow to lights, larger screens, and move onto the electric car. 

    Drones

    2020

    You will be receiving small packages via drone at your house. Certainly by this year these devices will fill the sky with photographers, capturing impressive angles previously only caught by helicopter or plane. These quad-copters will eventually be utilized by delivering emergency goods like a heart defibrillators or rescue buoys to those in need. When the highways in the sky are regulated for drone traffic later in the 2020's, shipments will be a common occurrence. 

    Digital Currency

    2025

    There will be a world currency – Bitcoin or like cryptocurrency. With the blockchain revolution about to take hold on a massive scale, which is the creation of secure, transferable assets via the internet, one key aspect will be the "privatization" of money. Both government agencies and private institutions can both create value using a 'tokenized' system based on blockchain technology. So you will eventually see a "Digital Dollar", or likely China, Russia or Iran doing this first. A company or a government agency will create a digital asset that can be sent around the world with easy in seconds, for low-no fee, and likely without using a bank - but could be far more traceable than cash, depending on how the currency is initiated.

    Autonomous Vehicles

    2025 - 2035

    Your car insurer will incentivize you to NOT drive your car as driverless cars dominate. Starting in the cities first, slower ride-shares will allow for the picking up and dropping off of people by cars without drivers. On the highways you will see larger trucks without drivers delivering goods across their respective continent.

     

    In 2035 it will be illegal for humans to drive. At this point, statistics will prove out that humans make far more errors when driving and on some roads, it will be illegal for humans to operate the cars without computer assistance. For those people that enjoy their driving, designated tracks and roads will be available - more for sport and leisure.

    Cable Companies

    2025

    Cable TV will not exist. As content becomes digitized through a multitude of outlets, control over how people receive this content will expand. Creative individuals will begin to create professional content to be consumed by anyone globally via mobile devices and eventually virtual reality headsets. The options for content will only expand and decentralize the traditional model as next generation access 5th Gen comes into play.

    Power Companies

    2025

    Massive power companies will be almost unnecessary – sub stations will reign. If you live in a sunnier than not area, your roof will be a cheap power source. Your home will get a batter to store the energy earned throughout the day. Increasingly roads will also supply cheaper power to cities and towns around the world.

    Law Firms

    2025

    Many of the Am Law top 200 law firms will no longer exist. Considerable consolidation of law firms will likely happen in the 2020's. As technology takes hold and some firms do not adjust by leveraging newer, cheaper, and more efficient means, their best practice areas will be picked up and the other portions might fade away.

    Higher Education

    2030

    A significant number of traditional colleges will no longer exist. As online learning takes flight, having the multitude of ever dollar skyrocketing universities and colleges around the world will be seen as less attractive and valuable. The ability to bottle lectures by the best teachers online, at a fraction of the cost, because of scale, will dominate. It is only a matter of time when people elect to stop paying significant sums of money for the colleges of yesteryear. 

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    Upcoming & Previous Events

    University of Toronto Legal Hackers - Legal Start-up Pitches

    Judge: Start-up Ideas

    Webinar, February 19, 2022

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Panel of Federal & Appellate Judges

    Presenter: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, DeFi, NFTs and the Metaverse in Legal

    Webinar, February 16, 2022

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Fordham University School of Law - The Metaverse & Blockchain in Legal

    Presenter: Emerging Technology in Legal

    Virtual - February 1 and 24, 2022

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    The 29th Annual Marketing Partner Forum - Startup Alley
    Moderator

    Presenter: Emerging Technology in Legal

    Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island - January 21, 2022

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    ALANYC: Association of Legal Administrators of New York City

    Presenter: Emerging Technology in Legal

    New York - January 13, 2022

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Thomson Reuters

    Presenter: Breaking Down AI - The Underlying Language and Technology of Artificial Intelligence

    National - December 1, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    ArbTech - The Metaverse & NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

    Panelist: The Latest Technologies & Their Impact

    Global Webinar, November 17, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    GPLLA Institute - GPLLA 2021 Institute

    Presenter: Artificial Intelligence and the Law - Metaverse, AI and Blockchain

    Global - November 12, 2021

     

    Presenter:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Thomson Reuters – The 2021 Emerging Legal Technology Forum

    Moderator: – Blockchain in Legal

    Boston, MA - November 4, 2021

     

    Moderator:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    PLI (Practising Law Institute)

    Panelist: – Litigation 2021: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices

    New York, NY - October 27, 2021

     

    Panelist:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting

    Presenter: The Latest Technologies & Their Impact

    Global Webinar, September 15, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    SLA Annual Conference - Cryptocurrency's Impact

    Panel: Cryptocurrency and NFTs

    Virtual - August 18, 2021

     

    Panelist:

    Eric Bergman, Sr Legal Editor, Thomson Reuters
    Joseph Raczynski, Legal Technologist/Futurist, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Plumia

    Speaker: Future Worlds – Metaverse & World Collide

    US Webinar

    Global Webinar - August 10, 2021

     

    Presenter:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Forte Markets: Emerging Technology & Its Impact on Business

    Presenter: The Impact of Technology on Business

    Global Webinar - July 28, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Thomson Reuters – Legal Platforms, APIs, and the (R)Evolution of Whizzbang LegalTech

    Presenter

    National Webinar - July 28, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    ILTA – Dauntless Ascent: Adapting to Accelerating Technology Change in a Global Pandemic

    Moderator

    National Webinar - July 27, 2021

     

    Moderator:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    AALL – Preparing Now for the Legal Technology Landscape in the Decades Ahead

    Speaker

    National Webinar - July 22, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Allegheny County Bar Association – Emerging Technology and Its Impact on Legal

    Presenter

    State Webinar - July 14, 2021

    Legal Value Network – The Evolution of the Office

    Panelist

    National Webinar - June 29, 2021

     

    Panelist:

    Joseph Raczynski, Legal Technologist/Futurist, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Thomson Reuters – Innovation in Corporations – A Bridge to Legal

    Moderator

    National Webinar - June 29, 2021

     

    Moderator:

    Joseph Raczynski, Legal Technologist/Futurist, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Thomson Reuters – Odd Wednesdays – Future of Contracts in Legal

    Speaker

    National Webinar - June 16, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski, Legal Technologist/Futurist, Thomson Reuters Legal

    ILTA – Blockchain in Legal

    Speaker

    National Webinar - June 9, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    SYNERGY2021

    Presenter: 10 Sessions

    Global Webinar, June 1 - 3, 2021

     

    10 Session Topics

    • Blockchain Introduction
    • Blockchain Advanced
    • Digital Identity
    • AI & Exponential Tech
    • Cybersecurity
    • Dark Web
    • Innovation
    • Cloud
    • Legal Platform
    • AI Deep Dive

     

    ArbTech - NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) Overview and the Coming Tokenization of Finance

    Panelist

    Global Virtual - May 4, 2020

     

    Panelist:

    Federico Ast, CEO, Kleros
    Joseph Raczynski, Legal Technologist/Futurist, Thomson Reuters Legal

    ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)

    Panel: The Future is Now - The Impact of Technology on the Practice of Law

    Virtual - April 7, 2021

     

    Panelist:

    Diana Iketani Iorlano, Esq.
    Founder and Managing Attorney, Iketani Law Corporation

     

    Joseph Raczynski

    Technologist and FuturistThomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting

    Presenter: The Latest Technologies & Their Impact

    Global Webinar, March 10, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Forte Markets: Emerging Technology & Its Impact on Business

    Presenter: The Impact of Technology on Business

    Global Webinar - March 8, 2021

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

    Advanced Uses of Automation Series 1-3

    Panel

    Moderator

     

    Europe & United States (Virtual) – February 5, 2021 - March 5, 2021 - April 9, 2021

    Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting

    Presenter: The Latest Technologies & Their Impact

    Global Webinar, December 9, 2020

     

    Speaker:

    Joseph Raczynski - Technologist & Futurist

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