Lawyers learn too late that chatbots aren’t built to be accurate; how are judges and bars responding?

Suresh Venkatasubramanian, a computer scientist and director of the Center for Technology Responsibility at Brown University, told the Washington Post that he’s not surprised that AI chatbots are making up case citations.

“What’s surprising is that they ever produce anything remotely accurate…The chatbots are designed to make conversation and to come up with plausible-sounding answers to questions.”

When a chatbot is asked to write briefs, it knows that it should include legal citations, but it hasn’t read the relevant caselaw to be accurate. Judges are responding in a variety of ways. Some ban lawyers from using AI, while others are requiring disclosure.

Bar associations are also responding. The ABA announced the creation of the ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence in August. Among the issues that it will explore are the risks of using AI, the use of AI to increase access to justice, and the role of AI in legal education.

Source: ABA Journal






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