This guide provides an introduction to AI in the legal field, and has resources discussing how it can be used in law school and in the practice of law.
The technologies involved are changing rapidly. We will try to update this guide on a weekly basis to reflect new developments. If you have any questions please email the law library at firstname.lastname@example.org
ChatGPT's response to the prompt "tell me about ChatGPT in 100 words or fewer", March 1, 2023.
These are some of the issues to think about when choosing how to use ChatGPT in class:
Academic integrity. It is good to be explicit about when and how use of ChatGPT is appropriate in a class, and how students should indicate use of ChatGPT in an assignment.
Algorithmic bias leads AIs to generate racist and sexist language, even propose discriminatory policies. ChatGPT can generate discriminatory language. This article, from MIT Technology Review, discusses how to see bias in AI image models, and this article, by the same author, addresses proposals to reduce algorithmic bias.
Human Rights: Open AI relied on workers in Kenya to train ChatGPT to filter problematic content. The workers, who were paid $2/hour, needed to review extremely violent, disturbing images and text. Many described the work as "traumatic."
Confidentiality: People could enter confidential information into ChatGPT. This article from Bloomberg discusses confidentiality alongside other concerns about using ChatGPT in a business setting.
Equity - OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Plus, where subscribers can get faster access and newer features for $20/month. Currently, GPT4 is only available for GPT Plus subscribers.
Copyright - Large language model AIs often pull information from the internet, including copyrighted sources, which could be copyright infringement. Also, how should the product of ChatGPT be copyrighted or attributed? The Copyright Office now has a webpage to post updates on copyright law and policy issues related to AI. Also, the CRS has published a Legal Sidebar on Generative Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Law, which explores questions that courts and the U.S. Copyright Office have begun to confront regarding whether the outputs of generative AI programs are entitled to copyright protection, as well as how training and using these programs might infringe copyrights in other works.