Artists outraged by artificial intelligence that copies in seconds the styles they have sacrificed years to develop are waging battle online and in court. Fury erupted in the art community last year with the release of generative artificial intelligence (AI) programs that can convincingly carry out commands such as drawing a dog like cartoonist Sarah Andersen would, or a nymph the way illustrator Karla Ortiz might do. Such style-swiping AI works are cranked out without the original artist's consent, credit or compensation--the three C's at the heart of a fight to change all that. In January, artists including Andersen and Ortiz filed a class-action lawsuit against DreamUp, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, three image-generating AI models programmed with art found online. Andersen told AFP she felt "violated" when first she saw an AI drawing that copied the style of her "Fangs" comic book work.
San Francisco, California – With the nearest bridge under construction, Cheriena Ben had to take the long way home: down a long, winding road through an isolated stretch of central Mississippi, not far from the Pearl River. Ben was travelling with her pregnant cousin, who was coming to stay for a couple of nights after a row with the father-to-be. But when the two women arrived at the house, Ben's cousin pulled her aside. "You've got an AirTag on you," she warned, showing Ben the alerts popping up on her phone. Ben, though, had never heard of an AirTag.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos on the latest from the Gwyneth Paltrow case over an alleged skiing hit-and-run. Gwyneth Paltrow is currently in Utah fighting a lawsuit that alleges she caused serious harm to a skier in Park City at Deer Valley resort several years ago. While many people are talking about the facts and legitimacy of the case, some viewers of the live-streamed proceedings can't help but comment on her fashion and her demeanor during the initial days of trial. Paltrow's multiple facial expressions during the first few days of the court case went viral, as the Goop founder found it difficult to remain stoic. One social media user dubbed the actress as "Gwyneth pout-trow."
Back in 2021, a law took effect in New York City that requires businesses to post conspicuous signs if they're collecting customers' biometric information, such as their facial scans and fingerprints. Now, Amazon is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of failing to inform customers at its Go cashierless stores that it was collecting their biometrics. In the lawsuit (PDF), filed by Alfredo Alberto Rodriguez Perez, the plaintiff argues that Go stores constantly use customers' biometrics "by scanning [their palms] to identify them and by applying computer vision, deep learning algorithms, and sensor fusion that measure the shape and size of each customer's body to identify customers, track where they move in the stores, and determine what they have purchased." It said the company only put up signs about its biometric tracking activities over a year after the law went into effect. Amazon's Go stores give shoppers the option to take whatever product they have off shelves and walk out without the need to check out.
As someone who has built multiple AI-powered businesses in the legal community, I know firsthand the exciting potential of technology to transform the way we practice law. From predictive coding in electronic discovery, to AI-based contract analysis, legal tech has the power to make our jobs easier and more efficient. But with any new technology comes risk, uncertainty and responsibility. It's easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest buzzwords and trends, but when it comes to serving a demanding audience like lawyers and their clients, you better understand that there's a difference between'playtime' and'production.' What do I mean by that?
A'robot' that was set to make history for advising the first defendant in court with artificial intelligence (AI) has now been accused of operating without a law degree. The AI-powered app DoNotPay faces allegations that it is'masquerading as a licensed practitioner' in a class action case filed by US law firm Edelson. The chatbot-style tool is centred around making legal information and'self-help' accessible to support consumers fighting against large corporations. But Chicago-based law firm Edelson has claimed the service is'unlawful' and the company itself has'substandard' legal documents. In a file published by the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco, the complainant said: 'Unfortunately for its customers, DoNotPay is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm.
DoNotPay, which describes itself as "the world's first robot lawyer," has been accused of practicing law without a license. It's facing a proposed class action lawsuit filed by Chicago-based law firm Edelson on March 3 and published Thursday on the website of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco. The complaint argues: "Unfortunately for its customers, DoNotPay is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm. DoNotPay does not have a law degree, is not barred in any jurisdiction, and is not supervised by any lawyer." The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jonathan Faridian, who said he'd used DoNotPay to draft various legal documents including demand letters, a small claims court filing, and a job discrimination complaint.
Enter Harvey, today's golden child that lives at the intersection of technology and law. Harvey is an A.I. platform that can help lawyers perform legal tasks in areas such as due diligence, litigation, and compliance. Described as "the innovative artificial intelligence platform built on a version of Open AI's latest models enhanced for legal work," legaltech startup Harvey, the self-styled "generative A.I. for elite law firms," is about to play in the big leagues. Harvey is being rolled out for use by 3,500 lawyers in 43 offices of Allen & Overy, the seventh largest law firm in the world and part of London's "Magic Circle." I've watched legaltech evolve from the inside for decades.
Gleb Kuznetsov has more than 15 years experience leading product, UI and UX design across web, mobile, and TV ecosystems. AI-generated art is everywhere on the web. If you are an active Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest user, you likely saw interesting artworks created using text-based tools like DALLE, Midjourney, or Stable Diffusion. The magic of these tools is that to generate images, all you need to do is to provide a string of text that describes what the image is all about. Many AI-generated works look stunning, but it's only the beginning.