A lawyer takes ChatGPT to court

If you are still enthralled with ChatGPT in its variations and many competitors, here is an amusing story from the NYTimes: “The ChatGPT Lawyer Explains Himself.” The story details the sad, delusional, ignorant story of Steven A. Schwartz, the lawyer who used ChatGPT to write a legal brief in a Federal case. When it was discovered by the opposing attorneys that it was “filled with fake judicial opinions and legal citations, all generated by ChatGPT.” Mr. Schwartz was hauled before the judge sitting for the case. Two hours later, completely humiliated, Schwartz said, “I did not comprehend that ChatGPT could fabricate cases.”

Lets hope that licensed electricians, plumbers, doctors, and others in licensed professions aren’t so stupid. And let’s hope that Congress gets going on legislation to regulate this nascent monster.

“Programs like ChatGPT and other large language models in fact produce realistic responses by analyzing which fragments of text should follow other sequences, based on a statistical model that has ingested billions of examples pulled from all over the internet.”

This is exactly what Noam Chomsky said months ago. Reported on here at AmericanDelusions in early March 2023: Noam Chomsky on ChatGPT & brethren