Could your next lawyer be a robot? It sounds far fetched, but artificial intelligence (AI) software systems – computer programs that can update and “think” by themselves – are increasingly being used by the legal community.
Joshua Browder describes his app DoNotPay as “the world’s first robot lawyer”.
It helps users draft legal letters. You tell its chatbot what your problem is, such as appealing against a parking fine, and it will suggest what it thinks is the best legal language to use.
“People can type in their side of an argument using their own words, and software with a machine learning model matches that with a legally correct way of saying it,” he says.
The 24-year-old and his company are based in Silicon Valley in California, but the firm’s origins go back to London in 2015, when Mr Browder was 18.
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