Larry Daniel's post on automated tools sparked some discussion off line. Here's some of the interesting highlights:
"... The other danger in tools becoming more automated is that in the hands of an untrained examiner, they simply may not know where to go next with the tool or the examination to make sure that a thorough examination has been done.
While automated tools and routines may be able to replace an examiner's need to know how to look for some piece of data or evidence, they cannot replace the need for an examiner to know where to look and what to look for ..."
"... (Automated tools can only look at where something is supposed to be.) ..."
"... Can I create some sort of user attribution for the evidence? ..."
Read the whole article and weigh in yourself.