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🤖😋🧠 Is the future of law... AI?

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An AI lawyer has their day in court 🧑🏽‍⚖️

Well, it looks like the age of robot lawyers is being put on hold for now.

Joshua Browder, the CEO of the New York-based startup DoNotPay, had planned to use AI-powered legal defense in a traffic ticket case in California on Feb. 22.

But, as it turns out, some state bar officials were not too thrilled about the idea.

Here's how it was supposed to work: The person challenging a speeding ticket would wear smart glasses that both record court proceedings and dictate responses into the defendant's ear from a small speaker.

The system was powered by a few leading AI text generators, including ChatGPT and DaVinci.

But as word got out, the company received numerous letters and threats from state bar officials. He says angry letters began to pour in.

Multiple state bar associations threatened the company with prosecution and prison time, stating that the unauthorized practice of law is a misdemeanor in some states, punishable up to six months in county jail.

Browder said, "Even if it wouldn't happen, the threat of criminal charges was enough to give it up," he said. "The letters have become so frequent that we thought it was just a distraction and that we should move on."

But, don't worry, DoNotPay isn't going anywhere.

Instead of trying to help those accused of traffic violations use AI in the courtroom, they will now train their focus on assisting people dealing with expensive medical bills, unwanted subscriptions and issues with credit reporting agencies.

But, let's be real, we all know that robots are the future. So, Browder still hopes it is not the end of the road for AI in the courtroom.

In the meantime, I guess we'll just have to stick with human lawyers... for now.

TL;DR

  • AI x legal-tech startup pulls a publicity stunt offering to help clients represent themselves in real trials via smart glasses.

  • Tech faces legal hurdles before it can legally offer it's services to clients.

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