ChatGPT, an artificially intelligent chatbot from OpenAI, recently set a world record by reaching 100 million users in just two months after its November launch. OpenAI’s brainchild shook the world immediately after its launch, reaching 1 million users in five days and never looking back.
To date, this chatbot has faced bans, restrictions, and countless appreciations and praises, as well as continuously expanding its sector to be used. Recently, a Colombian judge used ChatGPT to make a court ruling, Vice reported.
Judge Juan Manuel Padilla Garcia, of the First Circuit Court in Cartagena, has recently made a ground-breaking decision by incorporating the use of the AI tool ChatGPT in his ruling. According to a court document dated January 30, 2023, he used the AI to ask legal questions related to the case and used its responses to inform his decision. This is a historic moment, as this is the first time a judge has used the power of AI to make a ruling.
“The arguments for this decision will be determined in line with the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Accordingly, we entered parts of the legal questions posed in these proceedings.” Garcia wrote in the decision, translated from Spanish.
That the purpose of including AI-produced texts in his decision was not to replace his judgement, but rather to optimize the time spent drafting judgments by corroborating the information provided by AI, Judge Garcia explained.
Judge Included Full Response in Decision
The case was about a dispute between a health insurance company and an autistic child, concerning whether the child should be granted coverage for medical treatment.
“Is an autistic minor exonerated from paying fees for their therapies?” and “Has the jurisprudence of the constitutional court made favorable decisions in similar cases?” were the legal questions asked to ChatGPT, according to the decision. And the judge Garcia included the entire ChatGPT response, as well as his own insights into relevant legal precedents.
The judge used AI to “extend the arguments of the adopted decision”. He detailed the exchanges with the AI, and then adopted its responses and his own legal arguments as grounds for the decision.
AI Judge before AI Lawyer?
This is not the first case of AI in court as an AI-powered “robot lawyer” will defend its first client in a US traffic court this month as artificial intelligence continues to disrupt various industries.
Joshua Browder, founder and CEO of consumer-empowerment start-up DoNotPay, is sending a defendant into court armed with a recording device and earpieces. The company will feed audio of the court arguments into an AI that will in turn provide responses to the defendant.
In this way, the use and experimentation of AI chatbots, particularly ChatGPT, are widely expanding. Because of the misinformation and errors that occurred, the CNET tech media outlet previously allowed and banned the ChatGPT written content.
Similarly, the popular publisher, Medium has decided to allow the articles generated by this tool, but they “should be declared as AI generated.” Many educational institutions have banned ChatGPT after discovering that it has become the best cheating partner for college students’ schoolwork.