Robin AI CEO says AI not to blame for courtroom blunders


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Richard Robinson, CEO of AI legal copilot Robin AI, has said the key to mitigating the risks of “AI hallucinations” is human, not technical. He emphasized that legal professionals should not use artificial intelligence (AI) tools without the proper oversight. 

In an interview with Cointelegraph, Robinson emphasized that, while powerful, AI isn’t a substitute for human qualities like judgment. It can automate repetitive tasks, but its output should be checked rather than treated as a final product.

AI hallucinations are instances where AI systems generate inaccurate or false outputs, interpretations or predictions. It highlights the potential for AI algorithms to produce results that diverge from reality or expected outcomes, leading to errors or misconceptions in their functioning.

In October 2023, scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China and Tencent’s YouTu Lab developed a tool to combat AI hallucinations.

RobinAI is a specialized AI tool trained to understand legal documents, underpinned by Anthropic’s Claude 2.1 AI assistant. Robin AI raised $26 million in Series B funding, led by Singapore-based investment company Temasek, the company announced on Wednesday.

The CEO stated that the company does not agree that AI dehumanizes legal services as its technology centers on supporting lawyers with their work and not replacing them. Robinson added:

“We called our company Robin (i.e., partner to Batman!) and called our product a copilot because we believe this technology is about complementing and supporting lawyers rather than replacing them.”

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In response to the choice of Anthropic as a launch partner instead of competitor OpenAI, Robinson said Robin AI found features of its large language model, such as a larger context window, better suited to analyzing long and complex legal documents.

United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts released the court’s end-of-year report on Dec. 31, 2023, saying he predicts AI will significantly impact legal work. According to Roberts, AI can “indisputably assist” the current judicial system in pushing forward the goals of implementing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures to seek the “just, speedy, and inexpensive” resolution of cases.

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