Risk Alert: Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT: Friend or Foe to the Legal Profession?
ChatGPT is a natural language-based processing tool via a chatbot that allows users to obtain answers to questions and to gain assistance drafting written communications of all sorts. Additional benefits of ChatGPT include automating repetitive tasks and conducting comprehensive data searches within seconds.
For attorneys, a commonly stated concern is that they are about to be replaced, in whole or in part, by ChatGPT or other similar Artificial Intelligence ("A.I.) programs, such as Bard, Bing and others that are not yet widely available. However, there are a host of more immediate practical concerns that lawyers need to weigh when contemplating the use of ChatGPT in their law practice. At a minimum, law firms should carefully balance the risks of employing ChatGPT against any expected benefits and obtain informed client consent before using such artificial intelligence on a client matter.
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