This week, the Guardian interviewed Joshua Browder, inventor of the “world’s first robot lawyer”.
So far, Browder's chatbot has been used to challenge $5million worth of parking tickets. It has also assisted individuals in claiming compensation for delayed flights and even apply for government housing and asylum.
Joshua Browder told the Guardian, "that few lawyers have a good understanding of how technology can provide quick solutions to clients’ legal problems without the need for an expensive appointment." And that "law firms are eager to use artificial intelligence to carry out document and contract review, due diligence and legal research, but... there is not enough focus on the consumer."
Could an army of robot lawyers soon become a reality?
Joshua Browder first made headlines last year with the success of his chatbot DoNotPay, designed to challenge parking fines as the “world’s first robot lawyer”. Inspired by a brush with London traffic cops after he passed his driving test, Browder thought only a handful of his friends and others would use it. Three years since DoNotPay’s launch, it’s been used to challenge $5m worth of tickets in London and New York, and help more than 250,000 people. “I can’t believe it,” he says.