The advent of AI for the masses has led to wild speculation about the future of work and life in all sectors and areas. But should we be afraid of AI or welcome it? In its current incarnation, some already fear ChatGPT, which many got a chance to play with for the first time late last year. The broader question is not specific to one AI implementation, but where AI is going in the future. ChatGPT is only one AI project, and many forward-looking companies have already deployed AI or machine learning tools as integral parts of their businesses. Where things get interesting is self-learning AI, which some predicted would be one of the steps on the path to the “singularity”. What we are seeing today are the very early days of technology evolution that will only continue to gain speed – perhaps exponentially faster than earlier technologies. The potential for disruption and disintermediation of the practice of law is already evident, but so are the powerful use cases that many are already trying to implement. While you’re waiting to see how things unfold, check out our earlier piece on AI and the bar exam and if you happen to be arguing a case at the Supreme Court, you could earn $1,000,000 by using a specific chatbot. Listen to the following Legal Rebels podcast for more insight on whether you should fear ChatGPT. Or maybe ask your own AI to do a quick summary of the podcast’s highlights.
“For some academics, researching, writing, editing and publishing a scholarly piece of work can take months, if not years, of painstaking effort, diligent commitment and rage-inducing frustration. In December, Andrew Perlman, the dean of the Suffolk University Law School and the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation, authored one in less time than it takes to watch an episode of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. To be fair, Perlman had some help. Released Nov. 30, ChatGPT, a chatbot created by OpenAI and “is fine-tuned from a model in the GPT-3.5 series,” has made waves in a short amount of time for how responsive, sophisticated and realistic it is….ChatGPT could be an upgrade over existing tools used by pro se litigants…It could also do work currently performed by lawyers, such as conducting legal research and writing briefs. So should lawyers welcome this technology? Or should they fear it?”