ChatGPT and AI have garnered a lot of attention in 2023, with the chatbot from OpenAI completing many impressive feats.
Some of the scholarly feats already achieved by ChatGPT include passing the Bar and business school exams, passing medical school exams, and passing engineering exams.
Does this mean AI is ready to enter some of the world’s most trusted and prestigious professions and potentially start competing with engineers, doctors, and lawyers?
Here is what ChatGPT itself has to say on the matter of whether it can be used to conduct legal research, “ChatGPT can be a helpful tool for conducting legal research by generating general information and ideas related to a legal topic. However, it is important to keep in mind that ChatGPT is not a substitute for professional legal research.
Legal research involves a thorough analysis of legal sources, such as statutes, regulations, case law, and legal commentary, to determine how the law applies to a particular situation. It requires expertise in the relevant legal field, knowledge of legal research methodology, and an understanding of how to interpret and apply legal sources.”
So if ChatGPT isn’t meant to take on this level of specialized work, what is it meant for?
Specialized Tasks Like Legal Research Require Specialized Legal AI Tools
“ChatGPT is a large language model that has been trained on a diverse range of language tasks and has a general understanding of natural language. It is not designed for a specific use case but rather can be adapted to a wide range of applications, such as chatbots, language translation, and text summarization. ChatGPT's strength lies in its ability to generate natural language responses to a wide variety of prompts, making it a flexible and adaptable tool for many different use cases.”
In this sense, ChatGPT is a jack of all trades but a master of none. Being able to pass tests is not the same as being able to reliably perform the tasks needed to consistently succeed in a given field. But what if there were AIs designed specifically for this type of work?
As ChatGPT says “Legal research involves a thorough analysis of legal sources, such as statutes, regulations, case law, and legal commentary, to determine how the law applies to a particular situation.” This is where a tool like Alexi comes in.
Alexi is designed to perform legal research exclusively, so it focuses on the accuracy, quality, clarity, and speed of its specialized legal research memo outputs.
If ChatGPT is a Swiss Army Knife, Alexi, and other specialized AIs, are power drills with very precise tips meant to do a specific job and do it very well. ChatGPT puts natural language at the forefront and has a sophisticated predictive model used to generate responses to prompts (such as test questions), but it is still very capable of returning the wrong answer, making professional oversight necessary.
Alexi’s AI tools have been designed with knowledge recall functionality at the forefront, but also leverages a team of legal researchers to generate prompts and validate responses. This ensures the consistent, high quality standards needed to confidently deliver a specialized product such as legal research memos.