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I Just Had A Conversation With An AI Lawyer…

…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.

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.

Update:

13 comments

  1. Matthew Kreitzer Esq

    Further illustrations of the danger of mixing too much tech with the legal field. The hubris of the non-lawyer tech industry will cost litigants thousands, if not millions.

  2. This is not AI, at least not by a modern definition. This is a script that runs through a decision tree of possible statements, and if your statement doesn’t fall into it, it gives up.

    • Right, but everyone wants to say whatever they are doing now is “AI,” even if it’s the most rudimentary chatbot decision tree.

      Because AI is cool and journalists are lazy.

    • Yep, this is the most basic form of a chatbot that exists. There is nothing AI about it.

      But they call it AI because it’s hip/sexy right now and most journalists are lazy.

  3. It may not be perfect, but the sentiment behind the bot is a good one, to promote access to justice. If you want to outsmart it, go ahead, I’m sure you can. But if you want to get advice, it’s a free and confidential service to do so.

    • No, the sentiment is not good. “Access to justice” is not laudable.People throw that phrase around like it magically fixes everything. This is access to nothing. People might actually be harmed by using this service if they rely on it for its worthless advice. That’s not “access to justice,” that’s access to shit.

      And by “outsmart it,” you mean, it’s unable to parse more than 2 sentences before breaking, sure.

      Also, if you’re going to comment on a story anonymously, that’s actually about you, use an anonymizer/VPN when you do Miss University of Cambridge IP address.

    • Yeah! And your little dog too!

    • Annabel, the sentiment behind this bot is dangerous. Promoting it as a way for flesh and blood people to receive legal advice and increase access to justice is asinine. Some things cannot and should not be automated, and the skill of a trained and learned professional, such as an attorney, in a highly nuanced area such as law is one of them.

      The answer to so many legal questions is “it depends on your specific facts, your specific law, and your specific area.” There is no “general answer” to every, or even most, legal questions.

      This bot will, sooner rather than later, cause someone to lose their rights to pursue a claim or end up getting someone sanctioned because they relied on the free option rather than the smart one.

      As for access to justice, myself and many other competent attorneys throughout the United States donate our time and resources to the underprivileged. Many attorneys work on reduced rates, or sliding fee scales, to assist those in need. As a profession, we do try to take care of the least among us. Your bot can, and will, dissuade people from seeking competent legal advice from a professional until it is too late or until the case has been so mucked about that it will cast much more to have an attorney untangle it than it would have in the beginning.

      Computers can’t do everything. Law is not formulaic. It is not one size fits all, and it does require human skill and creativity to be administered.

  4. What a POS. I tried to keep it simple — not trying to game the system, saying just yes or no when possible, etc. Even so, basically it just gave me definitions; it made me work out for myself whether they applied. Even then, I felt that defining “harassment” as “people harassing you” was not helpful.:

    LawBot

    Hi, 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.

    You

    Sparky.

    LawBot

    Nice to meet you, Sparky. I can help you understand if you have been the victim of a sex offence, a property offence, physical or psychological injury, or harassment. 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

    Yes.

    LawBot

    Please 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

    People in my office keep using profanity around me.

    LawBot

    Sorry, could you try to explain that in a different way?
    Maybe be more specific about the incident?

    You

    My coworkers keep saying the f-word, the s-word, and the
    b-word around me.

    LawBot

    Ok. Let’s try to get to the bottom of this. Say ‘crime’ to
    start the questionnaire.

    You

    Crime.

    LawBot

    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

    3

    LawBot

    Which topic suits your case?

    1. Harassment;
    2. Sexual Harassment;
    3. Something Else.

    You

    1

    LawBot

    This is an offence designed to stop other people from harassing and stalking you.

    You

    Okay.

    LawBot

    I’m afraid you lost me there! Say ‘jump’ to select an offence, ‘glossary’ for definitions, and ‘instructions’ for tips on working with me.

    You

    Harassment.

    LawBot

    This is an offence designed to stop other people from harassing and stalking you.

    You

    Okay.

    LawBot

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

  5. We seemed to be in an endless loop. My simple intelligence gave up before Lawbots artificial intelligence.

    LawBot
    Was the penetration sexual? The penetration is sexual if normal people would call it sexual or if it was sexual for that particular person.

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

    You
    yes

    LawBot
    Ok, Smart Ass Man.
    Based on what you’ve said, you should check with the police whether assault by penetration contrary to s. 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was committed. Would you like me to create a document with useful information based on your case??

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