What I've been up to/Some thoughts on AI and Legal Practice


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It's been a few months since my last entry, but I haven't been idle!

I've been looking a lot into emerging AI technologies, particularly large language models like ChatGPT. Partially, this has been out of personal interest - I think the technology will ultimately be revolutionary, and I'm also interested in the ways that AI can leverage my personal productivity. Moreover, at New Relic, we're rolling out a couple of AI observability products.

It's taken me a while to come up to speed with this technology, and I'm still very much in the learning phase. That being said, this announcement from OpenAI has caught my attention - it appears that ChatGPT has excelled at answering several standardized tests, including the Law School Admissions Test and the Uniform Bar Exam.

I'm working on a more in-depth article, focusing in particular on ChatGPT's LSAT and Bar performance, and I hope to have that ready within the next week or so. In the interim, if you're interested in coming up to speed on technologies like ChatGPT, particularly in a legal context, I'd recommend this prompt engineering for lawyers course - please note that you will need an API key from OpenAI, and your use of the course will be billed against that key.

I'm still wrapping my head around the implications of Generative AI for the legal profession, and for knowledge work generally, although at this point, I think it will be both more and less revolutionary than we generally expect. I'll try to have more details in my followup on this topic.