ChatGPT sneaks into the courts

With the boom that ChatGPT is currently experiencing, more and more voices point out that this chatbot, or those that are to come and that are capable of improving what this OpenAI development already offers, have the potential to unseat web search engines which, to this day, are the main source of information search for the vast majority. And among those opinions we can find voices as qualified as that of Paul Buccheit, creator of Gmail and a great connoisseur of Google and the Internet.

Thus, it is not surprising that Google is carefully observing everything that is being developed in the pairing formed by Microsoft and OpenAI, and that those from Redmond have stepped on the accelerator with regard to the implementation of the ChatGPT functions, more specifically a version designed specifically for this purpose, in Microsoft Bing, your web browser. It seems that we are facing a paradigm shift in the search for information on the Internet, and that artificial intelligence has a lot to say on this point.

Now, and we have already raised this on previous occasions: ChatGPT, when you don’t know the correct answer to a question, he has a bad habit of making it up. We already told you about it in this test and, since then, using the service, I have found more invented answers. Not on important topics, thankfully, but made up and of course wrong, like when I asked him for the best strategy for an idle game I’ve been playing for years, and he gave me an answer that he made up the game mechanics.

I emphasize the issue of errors because of a piece of news that we can read on Blu Radio Colombia, which reports that a judge used ChatGPT to consult the legal framework for a court case. The judge, Juan Manuel Padilla, in the context of a legal proceeding involving a minor diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Justice had to decide whether the child was exempt from having to assume medical expenses, including transportation or if, on the contrary, his guardians should take care of them.

Judges need to be aware of the evolution of justice and technology. Since the pandemic, in Colombia, we began to implement technologies in the courts and this is a huge window, today it could be ChatGPT, but later more tools may emerge for judges to use. This artificial intelligence helps us to make very understandable sentences, with good writing and so on.”, affirms the judge according to what we can read in the Colombian media.

I don’t know if it will be the first time something like this has happened or just if it is the first time it has been made public (at this point it should be noted that the country’s legal framework explicitly allows the use of this type of tool for this purpose ), but without any doubt marks a very interesting milestone that, however, also generates a bit of suspicionprecisely because of what I was saying at the beginning, the bad habit of ChatGPT to invent answers.

I take it for granted, of course, that the justice professionals who participated in this process, beginning with Judge Padilla, will have somehow verified that the answer given by ChatGPT was correct. If this is the case (and I repeat, I take it for granted that it has been), we may find ourselves before a precedent that, without a doubt, we will soon see how it is reproduced here and there. Now, I cross my fingers hard enough to break my phalanges waiting for the verification processes to be fine-tuned to the maximum Well, otherwise, it is very scary to think about what we can expose ourselves to.

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