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Few years back Singularity University, with the backdrop of AI advances in mind was predicting that seventy percent of the lawyers would lose relevance in a decade or so. It was supposed to be a utopian for an area, which some treat the epitome of grey matter put into action. That it would be challenged by a machine did not fit into our line of thinking and so it did not gain any traction. With the advent of ChatGPT as a part of GPT evolution, the revolutionary journey Large Language Models, LLMs, has come to stay. With it becoming multimodal the LLM revolution, is becoming even more exponential.

Whether Singularity University had factored in LLM models success, as a part of their prophecy and prediction, but timelines notwithstanding, we are moving in that direction. The wonders of multimodal large language models are all too well known, the numerous use case and even much more in the pipeline promise The Midas Touch for mankind. It the brains that matter in the legal fraternity don’t react now; they are in for hard times. If COMPAS could be so pathbreaking, the current Formula One mode can be termed as nothing less than tectonic. What is legal profession all about? Going through documents and documents, and creating documents and documents, you can keep giving different names to it.

It has attached, ”plugged in” various evidences; documents, audio, video, maps, drawings, test reports, depositions and the like. The legal brain creates intelligence out of it and various roles are played with this intelligence in the legal ecosystem. The other facet is; would you like go to a doctor who has analyzed 2000 MRIs or the one who has gone through half a million? A client would certainly desire high level of precision, capability to cross connect, create documents, which the legal eagles would find it difficult to match. What percentage of lawyers can use this mammoth intelligence to their advantage and what percentage would get drowned in it? Vast majority do not pose even a weak challenge.

How many lawyers can use a tool of this nature as an assistant? Naysayers would have their own interests, nobody wants to get dislodged. Even with a specific legal bot, ChatGPT is sure to cause disruption in legal research, document generation, legal information, and legal analysis. Recently one judge used it ”present a broader picture of bail jurisprudence.” A new version of OpenAI’s GPT-4 passed the American bar exams. For Karnataka High Court, a pilot project called JIVA is being developed. Like finance and commerce, law is the next AI battlefield. When the intelligent assistant would become the master, no one knows. The legal brains have been talking of same fears and challenges as has been the case with every technology and apprehensions thereof. Time, we look at the AI challenge differently, it has proved to be handling the world differently.

Sanjay Sahay

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