Bots can now translate text, create art, and even write essays thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence. They are now prepared to defend you in court. DoNotPay, the “world’s first robot lawyer,” plans to take on two speeding ticket cases in court next month, with its AI instructing the defendants on how to respond to their assigned judges.
“The law is almost like a combination of code and language, so it’s the ideal use case for AI,” CEO and founder Joshua Browder told USA TODAY. “I believe that this is the most promising area for GPT and large language model technology.”
How does DoNotPay operate?
DoNotPay’s plan, first reported by New Scientist, is to have the defendants wear an earpiece with Bluetooth connectivity in the courtroom, most likely an AirPod or hearing device, with the AI whispering instructions on what to say in their ears.
One defendant will argue their case in person, while the other will do so via Zoom. DoNotPay is also considering taking on a third eviction case.
According to Browder, this will be the first time AI will be used in court. DoNotPay is withholding the exact dates and locations of the hearings in case state bars attempt to intervene.
Browder hopes the experiment loosens courtroom rules prohibiting the use of artificial intelligence in court, which he believes harms low-income individuals because, according to the American Bar Association, roughly 80% cannot afford legal representation.
“AI technology is extremely powerful. “People have earned the right to use that to help themselves,” Browder told USA TODAY.
What exactly is DoNotPay?
DoNotPay, which has been in operation since 2015, has released templates to assist people in appealing parking tickets or requesting airline refunds. It has also developed a bot that can use GPT technology to negotiate bills with companies such as Comcast.
What are the dangers for a Robot lawyer?
Browder acknowledges that being the first to use AI in court poses risks, but DoNotPay has agreed to cover any fines and the defendants will be compensated for participating in the experiment.
DoNotPay has also taken precautions to avoid problems with its AI exaggerating facts, being “overly polite,” and responding to everything the judge says, including rhetorical statements.
While the AI’s first court appearances are scheduled for February, there may be more to come. Browder stated on Twitter that DoNotPay would pay $1 million to anyone with an upcoming case in the United States Supreme Court to wear AirPods and allow its robot lawyer to argue the case.
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