In my last few blogs I’ve been sharing my experiments with a lawyer’s use of AI. Navigating the Complexity of E-Discovery With a Team Approach Article Written by an AI <With Snarky Human Comments Added> and Open AI’s ChatGPT Tries Its Hand at Writing My Blog in Q&A Format: Sea-Change Improvement Over the Competition!
This blog takes it one step further. Today I share more AI features of the incredible new software released by OpenAI, not just its amazing ChatGPT. The Open AI non-profit consortium, whose mission “is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity,” has completely disrupted this area by its recent release of technology. It is far more advanced than anything else out there. It is a Holiday Gift for us all. Personally, I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. So I have time to wrap up some presents for my blog readers that hint at some of the cool new AI features, above and beyond the “writing” tools in ChatGPT that I discussed before. When you get free time, hopefully soon, I urge you to try these new AI toys for yourself.
Summarize for a Second Grader
My experiment began with an interesting feature of OpenAI’s free (for now) software, Summarize for a Second Grader. For one thing, I have a grandchild who is a second grader. I know how smart they can be. She likes to correct me when I say something wrong and, the crazy thing is, she’s always right! She has learned to do so very politely.
Even if you do not have a super-smart child in your life (pity), any lawyer knows to KISS, keep it simple stupid, and that they must dumb down for a jury (or very busy layperson). So I figured this would be a good AI tool to have.
I asked OpenAI to provide a summary of everyone’s favorite legal specialty, Electronic Discovery. I did not provide any other input, just said to Summarize for a Second Grader, Electronic Discovery. That’s how it works, even a second grader and most lawyers could do it. Here is the result:
Electronic discovery is when a team of lawyers, paralegals, IT professionals, and other experts work together to find and share information that is important for a legal case.
Create an Analogy
Next, I tried out OpenAI’s “Create an Analogy”function, also very helpful for juries and very busy lay persons. It works like this:
Input phrase: “Legal work functions optimally with a diverse team.”
AI’s Output Analogy: “It’s like a jigsaw puzzle; the more pieces you have, the easier it is to complete the picture.”
Pretty cool. A good analogy can go a long way,
Marv the Sarcastic Chat Bot
Next I tried something completely different, ask for factual answers with a sarcastic touch. Yes, truth and humor! My favorite weapons. Open AI calls this function “Marv the sarcastic chat bot“. Marv, who also tweets @MarvChatBot, is both factual and sarcastic. It’s like Google with attitude. The test I ran was to ask dear Marv: “What is discovery in litigation?” here is Marv’s answer, which I for one think is spot-on:
“Oh, you know, the fun part of litigation where you get to read through a bunch of boring documents and emails.”
My next experimentation with OpenAI was to try out the Study Guide creation. I asked “What are 5 key points I should know when studying electronic discovery in law school?” I could have said two points, or ten. It is open AI after all. Lots of variables. The below graphic is the screen shot of the answer I got. Wow! I’m impressed. Professors?
My final experiment was a bit off topic for a lawyer, but I was intrigued by the Recipe Maker function of Open AI. All you do is submit a list of ingredients ands the AI comes with with a recipe. It is complete with steps, cooking temps, time, etc.
I was very pleased with the dish it invented for me. I’d share it with you, but maybe I’ll just quit law instead and open a restaurant with this new dish, perhaps other AI fantasy meals? Remember, I thought of it first. A restaurant with all of the meals designed by artificial intelligence. Humans would still have to run and serve it (at first at least). A hybrid multimodal approach to restaurants. Yes. It could work. Who wants to get in on it with me? Personally, I’m as clueless as Clouseau on such non-legal efforts. But I do know you cannot copyright recipes, so you have to rely on trade-secret law, another one of my favorite areas.