Artificial intelligence has begun to exceed expectations

In a previous article, I wondered if a computer would ever be able to write an article so good that it would be difficult to distinguish it from a human-written article. That time may already have come.

In 2020, The Guardian published an article written by AI. It was about the increasing use of AI in journalism and how it is changing the landscape of the industry. It discussed how AI is used to generate news and how it is used to help reporters in their jobs. It was so natural that it was hard to believe it was written by software called GPT-3, developed by OpenAI, a research company.

The Guardian isn’t the only news organization using algorithms to write articles. The Associated Press has been using an algorithm to write short articles on corporate earnings reports for a number of years. In 2015, Forbes started using an algorithm to write short articles about public companies. However, some news organizations are reluctant to use algorithms to write articles, fearing the articles lack the human touch that readers crave. But as the algorithms become more sophisticated, that probably won’t be a problem for much longer.

Journalists have always relied on their own skills and knowledge to create articles, but with the advent of artificial intelligence, journalists need to up their game to remain relevant in the future. Some believe this will lead to the demise of journalism as we know it. Others argue that this will lead to a more efficient and effective form of journalism.

If artificial intelligence can have such an impact on journalism, you can imagine what it will do to professions like law. The effects of artificial intelligence are already being felt in some areas. For example, law firms are already using AI to aid in the litigation investigation process and to automate the creation of simple documents such as contracts. In the future, AI can be used for more complex tasks, e.g. B. analyzing large amounts of data to predict the outcome of a case or providing expert advice on specific legal issues.

For the use of artificial intelligence as legal advice that can be used in court, it is not only important whether the technology is good enough, but whether you can trust it. It’s not just about whether the technology is accurate, but whether it’s biased.

“There’s a long history of racist and sexist uses of artificial intelligence,” said Meredith Broussard, professor of data and journalism at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World: “If you train an artificial intelligence system with racist and sexist data, the artificial intelligence system will be racist and sexist,” she said. For example, an artificial intelligence system trained on data from arrest records will be biased against people of color because they are more likely to be arrested than white people. And an artificial intelligence system trained on data from job applications will be biased against women because they are more likely to be unemployed than men.

However, there is much talk about the potential of artificial intelligence to transform legal practice. One of the most promising uses is to use it to analyze large amounts of data and identify patterns that human lawyers may not be able to see. For example, if a lawyer is trying to determine whether a customer is likely to default on a loan, AI could help identify patterns in the customer’s behavior that could indicate they are at risk of defaulting.

Another potential benefit of AI is that it could help lawyers improve their communication with clients by helping lawyers understand their clients’ emotions and intentions. For example, if an attorney is trying to persuade a client to accept a settlement offer, AI could help understand the client’s emotional state to determine if they are likely to be receptive to the offer. This information could then be used to help the attorney tailor their communications accordingly.

Ultimately, AI is a tool and can never replace humans. What it can do is make us more efficient. Isn’t that what we all want?

If you’ve read this far and are skeptical about what AI can do, what would you say if I told you that everything in this article up to the previous paragraph was AI generated, save for a slight edit for context and continuity ? -based writing software? Apart from a few suggestions I gave to push the article in different directions, every single idea, all the research and even the way it was presented was generated from OpenAI’s GPT-3 algorithm .

While this all seems impressive, we’re only scratching the surface of what AI can do. Even in the few hours it took me to produce this piece, I could see myself getting better at getting the software to do exactly what I wanted. With practice, I have no doubt that we (the software and I) will produce content that is no different than anything I could have come up with myself. And in a fraction of the time.

At the same time, we must recognize the current generations of technologies for what they are – tools that help us do our jobs more efficiently. As good as they are, these AI algorithms are not yet a substitute for human intelligence and creativity.

Rahul Matthan is a partner at Trilegal and also has a podcast called Ex Machina. His Twitter handle is @matthan

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