The CEO of New York startup DoNotPay, Joshua Browder, recently announced that his company’s robot will represent a defendant to fight a traffic ticket in a courtroom on February 22.
“DoNotPay AI will whisper in somebody’s ear exactly what to say and what not to. We will release the results and share more with you after it happens,” he said.
However, we may never know how the “robot lawyer” will fare in court as after a few days, Browder announced that DoNotPay is putting on hold its court case after receiving jail threats from state bar prosecutors going through with his plan.
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The CEO told NPR that several state bar associations had threatened their company, and one even said he could get imprisoned for six months. He told a media organization, “Even if it would not happen, the threat of criminal charges was enough to give it up.
Browder created DoNoPay as a free AI-powered chatbot that can help one draft letters and fill out forms for several legal matters, including the appeals for parking tickets.
The company’s “robot lawyer” uses several AI text generators, including DaVinci and ChatGPT, that have been trained to focus on law.