Christine Van Geyn, the host of Canadian Justice, along with her esteemed legal panel featuring Colin Lachance, Co-Founder and CEO of Jurisage, dive into the misconceptions surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and its transformative impact on the legal sector.
In a two-part discussion, the panel discusses the impact of new and futuristic technologies like AI and ChatGPT on the practice of law.
A New York lawyer used ChatGPT, an AI model developed by OpenAI that utilizes natural language understanding to generate human-like text-based responses to user inputs, during legal research. As a consequence, the chatbot inadvertently generated fabricated case law, and this subsequently made its way into the legal pleadings. However, experts caution that ChatGPT is susceptible to hallucinations, emphasizing the necessity of taking this into account when utilizing it.
“One of the biggest lessons that’s come out of it for the legal profession is the recognition that answers that sound right are more a question of statistical fluke than anything connected to reality because it doesn’t pull from a database of knowledge; it just organizes the words in a way that makes sense based on all of the language that it was trained on. So, we have to approach these tools with caution—either treat them as excellent writers but not necessarily informed educators,” said Lachance.
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