Is Generative AI Going to Replace Lawyers?
Tech bro narratives are eating the world
Happy Monday! Feeling hung over post Super Bowl? Well, I’ve got a homemade remedy that will sort you out and it’s a hot cup of legal disruption. Let’s do this!
Could someone point me to the tech bros who are claiming that ChatGPT is going to replace attorneys? I’ve seen Alex Su (who I really like and respect) reference this trend a few times.
Unless we’re talking about DoNotPay founder Josh Browder’s various failed publicity stunts, I haven’t seen anyone serious — tech bros or otherwise — actually make this claim. All of which makes me think that I may be the tech bro! It’s the old Michael Scott rule — if you don’t know anyone like Michael Scott in your office, it’s probably because it’s you.
To be clear, I’m definitely blown away by ChatGPT and all its capabilities. I know big proverbial blockbuster release is coming soon, but color me impressed by the movie trailer.
I do think this entire trend of generative AI is going to shake legal to its core.
I do think that powerful LLMs will be released successfully by many of the big tech companies and quickly become better, faster cheaper.
I do think the traditional business models will have to be revisited.
I do think that many of the functions for which we’ve hired lawyers in the past e.g. go look through all of these documents and tell us the most important part will now be done using AI.
But that’s not exactly the same as “AI will replace attorneys,” which even I am not predicting.
I don’t know how responsible it is, however, to give folks the impression that all of this is, as Josh Browder himself would say, a “nothingburger” or just some tech bro narrative. Last week, Google lost over $100B of value in a single day on the back of one bad AI presentation. LLMs and the new breed of AI tools are anything but a nothingburger. ChatGPT and GenAI are not just another legal tech tool that lawyers will ignore. If saying that makes me a tech bro, so be it.
But rest assure, YOU are not going to ignore GenAI. And do you know why. Because you my dear friend have been legally disrupted.
I’m going to start sharing other AI related links I’m consuming. Today’s link is the New York Times podcast Hard Fork https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/03/podcasts/hard-fork-tiktok-openai-artifact.html This episode blew my mind because, as the hosts tell it, the OpenAI team (the makers of ChatGPT) really had no idea that ChatGPT would be this big of a hit. I’m not sure I believe it, but if that’s true, how wild is that?
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Damn, I always excited when I get a shout out on the Legally Disrupted newsletter! Re tech bros, Josh Browder is one, Mike Solana is another. https://twitter.com/micsolana/status/1622957974846308355 There are also others that randomly pop up on my TL or quote tweeted one of those two. Your takes based on what I've seen are probably more similar to the tech bros, but I sense you've got more nuance since you're from our world.
Btw if any of you want to read more about my views on AI & the law, sales, and legal startups, you should check out my Substack. https://www.alexofftherecord.com/