GPT-4 claims it could ‘potentially replace’ paralegals
New AI tool reckons it can replicate their research and organisational skills
Some readers may have heard about the 2011 PBS interview where an early AI answered the question, ‘Will robots take over the world?” with the less than reassuring response: “Don’t worry, I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo.”
Thankfully it hasn’t made good on that promise just yet, but the latest version of Open AI’s ChatGPT seems keen on taking a bunch of our jobs.
The most recent incarnation of the popular AI tool ChatGPT, GPT-4, claims it could “potentially replace” a range of roles, including paralegals. Although it hasn’t specified when this could be.
Web expert Said Bashin posted an exchange on LinkedIn where he asked the bot to “name 20 jobs that GPT-4 will replace”.
Not one for imposter syndrome, the bot rapidly compiled a table of 20 jobs it could “potentially replace”, complete with a column listing the human traits it can replicate. For paralegals this would be research and organisation skills.
Other jobs the bot felt were within reach included data entry clerk, social media manager and even news reporter. Should Legal Cheek journalists be concerned?
Solicitors and barristers can rest easy, however, as the bot does not appear to have set its sights on their careers just yet.
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Does anyone else find this stuff complete nonsense?
Not Skeptical of horse-less carriages
Only those who haven’t used ChatGPT, or don’t have the wherewithal to utilize it correctly. The people I know – friends, coworkers – in everything from project management to fin-tech corporate, believe this is a real threat to a great number, maybe the majority, of jobs and careers.
Re-read the article (or headline if your attention span is this short)
It’s a matter of fact that at present, chat GPT’s NLP functions (though impressive) cannot accommodate tasks like legal research. Yes, it can probably do data entry, but when it reaches a level of sophistication where legal research is possible it will threaten a far greater number of jobs in the legal sector and not just paralegals.
As pointed out below paralegals also do a number of in-person tasks, which of course chat GPT cannot do.
Fully agree that this tech will reshape the landscape of our economy when it reaches that level of sophistication but the article is quite specific about the bot being asked which jobs it could do *right now*
Skeptical of people who don't have a clue what they are hyping about
Or maybe those who do actual work and generate real added value instead of making TikToks and endlessly “fin-teching” know that the vital thing a machine predicting which word or symbol should come after another is incapable of is judgement and analysis.
Courts are gearing up in this direction with software taking over clerks jobs by 202027. This news does not sound far fetch me to. This is being pushed by oligarchs to save money on salary, unemployment and retirement benefits.