Artificial intelligence: would you let a robot lawyer defend you?

  • By Padraig Belton
  • business journalist

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AI is increasingly used by the legal sector

Could your next lawyer be a robot? It sounds far-fetched, but artificial intelligence (AI) software — computer programs that can update themselves and “think” for themselves — are increasingly being used by the legal community.

Joshua Browder describes his DoNotPay app as “the world’s first robot lawyer”.

It helps users write legal letters. You tell their chatbot what your problem is, such as appealing a parking fine, and they suggest what they think is the best legal language to use.

“People can type their version of an argument using their own words, and software with a machine-learning model matches that version with a legally correct way to say it,” he explains.

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