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Robot lawyer to argue in court in world first
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18 Jan 2023 / technology Print

Robot lawyer to argue in court in world first

“Lawyers don’t have to be that expensive; technology can do their job,” says AI tycoon and tech prodigy Joshua Browder (26), who is sending the world’s first robot lawyer into court shortly.

DoNotPay, a US company, will use the world's first robot lawyer in court in a real-world scenario, arguing a traffic-fine case.

DoNotPay founder Browder is determined to disrupt the legal profession and empower consumers, he told Gazette.ie.

Access to ChatGPT

The world of AI has had a huge leap forward in the past year, given inexpensive licensing access to ChatGPT technology, he explains.

“Over the past year, AI technology has really improved,” he says, expanding business possibilities, and allowing his company to hold conversations using legal knowledge.

“On top of that, if you retrain the AI to be good at a specific area of the law, it can be very powerful,” Browder states.

'Finding the right rules'

While DoNotPay takes external legal advice from a law firm, Browder says it isn't rocket science.

“It's very simple, it's just about finding the right parking-ticket rules, for example,” he says, "then challenging on that basis.

Browder recounts that the head of the Los Angeles parking-ticket authority loves the technology because “the public writes such nonsense in their parking-ticket appeals”.

“DoNotPay standardises everything, and the recipient can quickly tell if the case is legitimate or not,” he adds.

'Good direction'

Browder believes that bureaucracy must be streamlined because, “that is the way society is going.

“I think technology will bring justice to everyone and speed things up. It will take a while, but things are moving in a good direction.”

He firmly believes that high fees in legal matters exclude people.

“The good news is that there's no lawyer who's going to get outbid over a $100 parking ticket, because what we do is so low level, they are open to compromising.”

Gazette Desk
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