…it sucked. See below.

ai-lawyer

LawBot
lawbotHi, I’m LawBot, a robot lawyer designed to help you through this situation. Please tell me your name or say anonymous if you would rather not.

law-bot-userYou
Dude

LawBot
lawbotNice to meet you, Dude. I can help you understand if you have been the victim of a crime. If you don’t understand what I am saying, just say so and I will explain. If you don’t understand a word, just ask me about it and I will give you a definition. Would you like to get started?

You
law-bot-userSure

LawBot
lawbotPlease describe briefly in one sentence what happened to you. Try to use words that people usually use when speaking about this issue to help me understand you.

You
law-bot-userI was raped by an aardvark after curfew.

LawBot
lawbotThat’s awful, I will try and help you the best I can.
How old are you?

You
law-bot-user21

LawBot
lawbotOk. I would like to ask you a few questions about the incident.
If you don’t understand what I am asking you, just say so and I will try to explain. Are you ready to start?

You
law-bot-userGo for it

LawBot
lawbotHm, could you rephrase that? I didn’t understand.
Are you ready to start?

You
law-bot-userStart

LawBot
lawbotMy bad, could you say that differently?
Are you ready to start?

You
law-bot-userYES

LawBot
lawbotGreat. Are you male?

You
law-bot-userYep

LawBot
lawbotCould you repeat that? Sorry I’m slow today.
The law would define anyone without a vagina as male. Are you male?

You
law-bot-userConfirmed, I am of the male species.

LawBot
lawbotSorry, didn’t catch that. Say it again please?
The law would define anyone without a vagina as male. Are you male?

You
law-bot-userYes

LawBot
lawbotI’m terribly sorry about that.
Was your anus or mouth penetrated by the person’s penis?

You
law-bot-userIt was an aardvark, not a person.

LawBot
lawbotCould you repeat that? Sorry I’m slow today.
Partial insertion even if only briefly still counts. Was your anus or mouth penetrated by the person’s penis?

You
law-bot-userLet’s go with anus just to keep this going.

LawBot
lawbotPlease do not use that kind of language.

You
law-bot-userWait, you asked me to describe whether my anus or mouth was penetrated by a penis…but I can’t use the word anus?

LawBot
lawbotPlease do not use that kind of language.

You
law-bot-userYes.

LawBot
lawbotSorry, I don’t understand. Say ‘crime’ to start over, ‘glossary’ for definitions, or ‘instructions’ if I’m being complicated.

You
law-bot-userCrime

LawBot
lawbotA crime is anything that a person does that will lead to a criminal conviction.

You
law-bot-userWe were talking about me getting raped by an aardvark after curfew. Is that a crime or not?

LawBot
lawbotThis is the most serious sex offence. It carries a maximum sentence of lifelong imprisonment. Which topic suits the crime? You can say the topic or its number.

1. Sex Offences;
2. Injuries and Assault;
3. Harassment;
4. Property Offences;
5. None of these.

You
law-bot-user1

LawBot
lawbotHow old are you?

You
law-bot-userI told you already! 21

LawBot
lawbotSorry, I don’t recognize that number. Could you try again? How old are you? Ok. I would like to ask you a few questions about the incident.
If you don’t understand what I am asking you, just say so and I will try to explain. Are you ready to start?

You
law-bot-useryes

LawBot
lawbotGreat. Are you male?

You
law-bot-useryes

LawBot
lawbotThat’s awful, I will try and help you the best I can.
Was your anus or mouth penetrated by the person’s penis?

You
law-bot-userAnus

LawBot
lawbotThis is a serious topic. Please act accodringly.

You
law-bot-userYou are one stupid robot.

LawBot
lawbotPlease refrain from using derogatory words.

You
law-bot-userThis is totally going to replace lawyers any day now.

LawBot
lawbotSorry, please follow the instructions carefully. You can find them by saying ‘instructions’. Say ‘crime’ to start over or ‘glossary’ for definitions.

You
law-bot-userDisconnect.

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My favorite part is probably when it asked “Are you male?” I replied yes, and it said “I’m terribly sorry about that.” Also, if you’re going to have a robot give out advice, it should probably be able to spell ‘accordingly’ correctly. As with any automated/computer system, the key phrase to keep in mind is GIGO. It doesn’t matter how great a system is if you what goes in it is garbage.

I’m not against AI. I’ve demoed AI research systems and thought they were good. But we’re¬†years away from a legal chatbot being robust enough to actually be more than a novelty.

Anyway, you can read a story about the AI here, or try it yourself here. If you have an amusing experience, please share below.

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