The “servants of Themis” questioned the qualifications of a soulless colleague and accused him of “disguising himself as an approved specialist”. According to the plaintiff, the robot’s activity is illegal, and the company itself is not a law firm and has “poor quality” documentation. Additionally, the startup’s founder, Joshua Browder, is no lawyer at all, but his offspring, working without professional supervision, are “reckless and dangerous.”
The representative of the company who took up arms against the robot, for more persuasion, tried the services of DoNotPay and asked to write complaints of discrimination, small claims and other legal documents. According to him, artificial intelligence did not cope with the task. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges an incident when the program missed subpoenas received by one of the customers who wanted to dispute the parking fines. As a result, even more money was collected from the driver in court.
It is worth noting that Browder’s company itself claims more than two million victorious cases and promises to compensate the client for all losses in the event of a defeat in court. The creator of the robot, in turn, once promised to pay a million dollars to a lawyer or a defendant who would dare to trust artificial intelligence without a doubt in a real court hearing.
Mr Browder’s startup DoNotPay hit the UK legal scene in 2015 and then migrated across the Atlantic. The robot consultant interviews the client and, based on the results of the correspondence, drafts appeals for minor violations, such as a fine for parking in the wrong place. He also advises on labor law matters, immigration litigation and misleading advertising. The company promises to help customers “fight the corporations, fight the bureaucracy, and sue anyone.”
The startup’s goal is to make legal services more accessible by providing them for a modest fee. The innovative lawyer’s debut in the courtroom was scheduled for February. The defendant had to activate the application during the meeting and thus give the “lawyer” the opportunity to listen to the speeches of “colleagues” and analyze them.
It was assumed that the bot would generate arguments and dictate them to the client through the listener. However, the benefits performance was thwarted by the US State Bar Association, which threatened the startup’s founder with imprisonment, and Browder backed down. Nevertheless, the entrepreneur intends to defend the rights of the offspring and even plans to use DoNotPay in a lawsuit against himself.
By the way, the invasion of artificial intelligence has not been appreciated in the artist community either. Three creators from the United States have filed a lawsuit against companies that have developed neural networks capable of “drawing” images from descriptions. The artists are convinced that the creators of the soulless masters violated copyright by teaching robot art from 5 million images.
And why on earth do machine-generated images go under the auction hammer, taking the bread from true creators?
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