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AI developer on a lawyer hiring spree

RICHARD WEINER
Technology for Lawyers

Published: August 18, 2023

Have expertise in regulatory, data privacy or intellectual property practice at a high level?
Want to move to San Francisco?
Want to spend your time arguing with the White House and Congress?
Well, we have a job for you!
OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT 3 and 4, is on a lawyer hiring spree hiring lawyers from big tech and the FTC, according to an article on Corporate Counsel by Maria Dinzeo.
The “startup” (with tons of bucks from people like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel) has “nearly doubled” its legal staff recently.
This is happening as “the company faces mounting legal headaches and regulatory pressures, including a  Federal Trade Commission investigation into  data security and whether its chatbot generates false information.”
Well you know what the law calls “false information,” the tech bro contingent calls “hallucinations.”
Also, if you’re a regular reader, you know that I tried to do some legal research with Chat GPT3 and got nothing—except a confession that it couldn’t do legal research.
Recently, I’ve taken a closer look inside some of these AI chatbots trying to do legal research, write briefs, etc., and the “hallucinations” include fake citations. All the time. Not just occasionally.
I’m sure there are teams of lawyers trying to “train” these AIs in the law. But the winner in this tournament isn’t OpenAI, Bard or any other publicly available AI chatbot.
It’s Thomson Reuters, who just bought their own chatbot developed specifically for legal research.
So if you want to be with the winners, work for TR. I did for a few months and it was fun.
Otherwise, and I say this with all sincerity, if you want to do big tech law, get paid up front.
Also, besides OpenAI and the rest of the LLM chatbot contingent, Big Law firms who pay big bucks are now after IP lawyers with tech expertise, per the National Law Journal.
Sounds like a good career move.
Gee, it’s almost as if legal technology is now driving the law biz, rather than the other way around.
Not like anyone told you that was going to happen 20 years ago.
Oh, wait, yeah somebody did. Nothing to see here. Carry on.
You’re in Akron, comfortable with your location between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
You’re good.


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