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Lawtech entrepreneur offers to pay $1M for using AI in court

A 26-year-old entrepreneur is pushing forward the idea of AI-powered law services with a provocative offer for lawyers to use an AI chatbot in court.

Entrepreneur and founder of ‘DoNotPay’ start-up, Joshua Browder, claimed in a tweet that his company will “pay any lawyer or person $1,000,000 with an upcoming case in front of the United States Supreme Court to wear AirPods and let our robot lawyer argue the case by repeating exactly what it says.”

Founded in 2015, DoNotPay made it to the headline for securing $12 million in investments from several renowned Silicon Valley investors. The lawtech app uses artificial intelligence to assist users in resolving parking tickets, delayed flights, and unjust charges.

The application uses GPT-J, an open-source AI model released last year. According to Browder, for more sensitive applications, his business employs language models from OpenAI.

The robot lawyer experiment

The AI lawyer experiment will take place in the hearing of a speeding case. Browder is not identifying the defendant or the jurisdiction for next month’s court hearing due to fears that the authorities will prevent the experiment.

The company will input audio of the proceedings into an AI that will then generate legal arguments. The defendant, according to Browder, will recall the outputs of the chatbot verbatim before an unaware judge.

Some critical users responded to Browder that AirPods and other electronic devices are not permitted in the Supreme Court. They argued that it is implausible for a lawyer representing a client in front of the nation's highest court, to risk being found in contempt for doing so.

The proposal is not overtly unlawful in two jurisdictions, claimed Browder. According to him, he had arranged for a defendant in the second jurisdiction to utilize the AI during a Zoom hearing.

Instead of having the defendant read the chatbot's output aloud at the Zoom hearing, Browder was thinking of taking the simulation further by utilizing an AI tool that can mimic a person's voice.

Cybernews asked Browder for comment but hasn’t received a response at the time of publishing.

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