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Expert warns of courtroom chaos as new tech could unleash bogus info

Hallucinating artificial intelligence can tank a court case by creating fake case citations that leave the lawyers open to sanctions or the proceeding itself vulnerable to being overturned, a former litigator said.

Last month, a judge handed down a $5,000 penalty on a law firm representing Colombian airline Avianca Inc., which used ChatGPT to write its legal brief, but the AI included fabricated judicial decisions. 

A similar case happened in South Africa, and the judge and magistrate overseeing the cases ripped the law firms in their decisions.

“There is potential harm to the reputation of judges and courts whose names are falsely invoked as authors of the bogus opinions and to the reputation of a party attributed with fictional conduct,” the judge presiding over the Avianca case wrote. “It promotes cynicism about the legal profession and the American judicial system.”

“WHAT IS AI?”

Jacqueline Schafer, CEO and founder of Clearbrief, an AI-powered platform that essentially fact-checks legal briefs, said this issue will continue to happen because of the time pressure that lawyers face.

“There’s a big temptation to use things that can just write it for you,” Schafer told Fox News Digital during a Zoom interview.

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“We’re likely to see these stories continue to pop up. That’s why it’s critical for law firms to thoroughly review all of their pleadings before filing, even if they think they have banned ChatGPT in their firm.”

Schafer, who began her career as a litigator in New York before becoming an assistant attorney general for the states of Alaska and Washington, created Clearbrief in 2020 to catch mistakes or bogus cases in AI-written briefs.

WATCH: SCAFER EXPLAINS HOW CLEARBRIEF WORKS

“The challenge we have with generative AI like ChatGPT that creates instant written work is that it will do things like completely make up fake case citations and invent facts,” she said.

“A user can, for example, ask AI to write them a legal analysis of Arizona law, and ChatGPT will write something that seems elegantly written, and it may even include citations that look totally real.”

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It can trick even the most experienced lawyers if they don’t “take the time to painstakingly check over every case and statute and look it up manually,” Schafer said.

In the South African ruling, the presiding magistrate essentially said the same thing in his ruling: “When it comes to legal research, the efficiency of modern technology still needs to be infused with a dose of good old-fashioned independent reading.”

Issues arise when legal professionals secretly use AI-powered programs like ChatGPT, Schafer said.

“Ironically, we need AI to help us detect the AI hallucinations,” according to Schafer, who said that’s the genesis behind Clearbrief. 

“I meet with major law firms every day who are dealing with two problems,” she said. “They are terrified of using generative AI that writes the whole document for you if it introduces embarrassing errors that will get the firm sanctioned. 

“But they also are facing pressure from their clients to use AI technology to be more efficient and cut down their bills. So the legal industry is doing a lot of work right now to identify tech that can solve both problems.”

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99 Hilarious Tweets By Women That Survived Elon Musk’s First Full Year At Twitter

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A lifetime license to MacX DVD Ripper Pro is on sale for under £25

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Politicians don’t have to fear AI replacement, thanks to ‘legacy,’ need for ‘discourse’: expert

A British peer in the House of Lords suggested artificial intelligence (AI) could easily replace its members in the near future. But one expert argued the desire for tradition and trust in the human element when making major decisions will likely delay AI adoption. 

“One of my thoughts is that the British have a sense of legacy – it’s a big thing for them,” Alex Sharpe, principal of Sharpe Management Consulting LLC, told Fox News Digital. “They also give ‘discourse’ a whole new dimension. It’s almost like political theater, so I can’t see it going away.” 

A debate in the House of Lords this week prompted a chilling prophecy from Richard Denison, 9th Baron Londesborough, who warned AI may soon learn his style of speech “with no hesitation, repetition or deviation.”

The House of Lords, which until 1999 largely had hereditary membership, serves in an advisory capacity to the House of Commons, the elected body of members that actually debates and decides policy and laws for the United Kingdom. 

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“Is it an exciting or alarming prospect that your lordships might one day be replaced by peer bots with deeper knowledge, higher productivity and lower running costs?” Denison said during a debate about the impact of AI on the job market. “Yet this is the prospect for perhaps as many as 5 million workers in the U.K. over the next 10 years.

“I was briefly tempted to outsource my AI speech to a chatbot and to see if anybody noticed. I did, in fact, test out two large language models. In seconds, both delivered 500-word speeches, which were credible, if somewhat generic.”

WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)?

Another peer, Charles Colville, said he asked ChatGPT to write a speech for him on the threat AI poses to journalism, which prompted fears humanity “will descend into a landscape where news is stripped of the very human elements that make it relatable, understandable and ultimately impactful,” The Guardian reported. 

Sharpe, in an interview with Fox News Digital, argued AI has been around for years, pointing to programs like Siri that are, in fact, AI, but not on the level of a large language model like ChatGPT.

“What we’re hearing now and seeing now is no different than what we see in other places, except that it’s really white collar instead of blue collar,” Sharpe explained, adding that what people are thinking of as AI is mostly informed by “a lot of movies and science fiction.” 

[Alan] Turing wrote the first paper, and I believe his paper actually used the term artificial intelligence,” Sharpe noted, in reference to Turing’s seminal “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” paper, which asked, “Can machines think?”

WHAT IS CHATGPT?

The paper formed the basis of his work in developing the earliest stages of computer science and the foundations of theory and research into artificial intelligence. 

The biggest issue AI faces in reaching those truly human-like behaviors that would pass Turing’s “imitation game,” during which someone wouldn’t be able to tell they’re talking to a machine, is the lack of significant data to train the model. 

For politicians, that poses an interesting problem since their speeches, thoughts and ideas are heavily documented in video and writing for AI to analyze. 

“When you’re talking politicians, they have all this documented history and all that, but then the machines are really not creating anything new,” Sharpe said. “They’re putting stuff together. They’re making inferences.”

This ability to replicate a person’s ideas and thoughts to near perfection could ultimately make a body like the House of Lords, which is purely advisory, obsolete. But other issues, such as the legal requirement for politicians as stated in a country’s constitution or similar documents, will likely delay adoption, according to Sharpe. 

“And could you imagine a lobbyist trying to convince a machine to do something?” Sharpe asked. “We talk a lot about lobbyists, and we look at them very negatively, but the reality is there is a lot of jiggering that goes on, a lot of deals that go on to get very important things done. Because, at the end of the day, politicians are elected by their constituents.

“When it comes to governance and long-term strategy, I don’t want to leave that up to a machine,” he added. “I think aiding humans to make better decisions and being held accountable for decisions is a good thing, but turning it over to machines – I just don’t see that happening anytime soon.” 

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People Whose NDAs Have Expired Are Exposing The Secrets They Were Forced To Keep, And They Range From Kinda Funny To Utterly Terrifying

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AWS AI-powered video highlights feature introduces game-changing World Cup viewing experience for fans

Sports fans continue to seek a dynamic viewing experience whenever they decide to tune into a live sporting event. The advancements in technology have only raised expectations.

Creative uses of graphics, on-demand game data and video replays and highlights are just some of the ways a broadcast can keep fans engaged. 

The World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events on earth, and this year’s women’s edition of the soccer tournament is no exception.

Fox Sports, a unit of FOX Corp., parent to Fox News and FOX Business, proactively tackled the trend of enhancing sports fans’ viewing experiences by building and deploying an innovative AI-powered feature called “Catch Up With Highlights.” 

WHAT IS A.I.?

The “Catch Up With Highlights” feature, which autonomously generates recap videos and game highlights in real time, initially launched last year for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

FOX teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the AI-powered replay feature. Julie Souza, head of sports, global professional services, at AWS, said the amount of data available in modern sports presents several exciting and unique opportunities for fans and professional sports leagues.

“Now you have all this data in sports, whether its optical tracking through camera capture or sensors, or [players] are wearing chips in their pads … and you’re getting this granular level of data now that lets you do really cool stuff and apply AI and ML (machine learning) to get insights out of it to help you if you’re a [sports] league do officiating analysis, rule development or develop new analytics,” Souza told Fox News Digital.

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The “Catch Up With Highlights” feature is available for fans in the U.S. via the Fox Sports App. New Zealand and Australia are serving as the host countries for this year’s Women’s World Cup. The U.S. women’s national team is the reigning back-to-back champion, but the difference in time zones could present a challenge to fans in the U.S. who want to watch games live. 

“Catch Up With Highlights” seeks to solve that problem by providing viewers with an easy tool that shows key plays they may have missed should they tune into after kickoff. 

Phil Martin, FOX’s vice president of data products and machine learning strategy, helped spearhead the “Catch Up With Highlights” development. He said the innovative feature was created with sports fans in mind.

“Over the last five years, our team has had tremendous success with unlocking the power of data through the building of advanced and intelligent platforms and products. In addition, we’ve really rallied around the idea of revolutionizing fandom. We believe that sports should be enjoyable and accessible for everyone, which is why we’ve designed our platform to make it easy to engage with and enjoy,” Martin said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Audio cues and camera angles in games are used to teach a computer which elements should be featured in a video recap. The technology utilizes services from AWS, including Amazon Rekognition.

“This is leveraging computer vision and a lot of other services from AWS to help us develop what they did for the World Cup, which is called ‘Catch Up With Highlights,'” Souza said.

“It’s allowing our systems like Rekognition and some of these other tools to identify plays that are happening that are significant in the game and use that data to help cut clips so that you can have almost a condensed game showing up, accumulating in real time. So, if somebody joins a broadcast halfway through … we can go back and isolate those clips and create an ‘up til now’ highlight of the game.”

The next step involved the auto assembly of clips with elements such as transitions and a fade to black. The video content then becomes available to fans via the FOX Sports app and connected TVs/mobile devices.

The partnership between FOX and AWS resulted in cutting-edge AI-based technology that helps fans stay up to date with the game action.

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“We understand that the level of play at events like the World Cup is exceptional, and we wanted our feature to reflect that standard,” Martin noted. “To achieve this, we developed a cutting-edge AI technology to create a highlights engine that can dynamically retell the game’s story in real time, highlighting key moments and events as they unfold. This ensures that our users can stay up to date with the action and experience the excitement of the game, no matter where they are.”

All the technology involved in “Catch Up With Highlights” works in unison in an automated fashion.

“We were able to create a highlight engine which pairs with the data feed and then leverages machine learning, specfically computer vision and some audio detection models which synchronizes the events that happen on the field,” FOX’s Data Products Director Edward Ciafardini told Fox News Digital.

In addition to Amazon Rekognition, “Catch Up With Highlights” incorporates several AWS services, including but not limited to Amazon DynamoDB, which is where the sports data is housed. Live video is delivered to fans via AWS Elemental MediaConnect, and videos are stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service — Amazon S3.

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“We developed this for the 2022 Men’s World Cup and have since rolled this out for other sports, including USFL and MLB. So if you were to join any FOX broadcast on the Fox Sports app or (FoxSports.com) you would be prompted with ‘Do you want to join the game live?’ or ‘Do you want to Catch Up With Highlights?’” Ciafardini said.

FOX also plans to bring the feature to football broadcasts later this year.

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Teachers Who Quit Are Sharing The Moment They Realized It Wasn’t For Them, And It’s Much Darker Than I Anticipated

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Emmys postponed as WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes continue

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It looks like the Emmys telecast is officially being postponed. It’s a fair call, since the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes would have made for an embarrassing, poorly attended event. 

Variety reports that vendors for the 75th Primetime Emmys have been told that the awards ceremony will no longer air on Sept. 18 as initially planned. The Creative Arts Emmys are being pushed back as well, initially scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10. 

No new dates have been set, and doing so would probably be difficult considering that there’s currently no end to the strikes in sight. This is the first time the Emmys have been pushed back since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

SAG-AFTRA has been conducting industrial action for two weeks now, while the WGA has been on strike for almost three months. The performers and writers’ unions are refusing to resume work until the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) agrees to grant them better pay, conditions, and compensation for their work.

As part of the strike, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA members are also blocked from promoting films and television shows or attending awards ceremonies such as the Emmys. The cast of Oppenheimer even left the movie’s premiere as soon as the strike was announced.

The nominations for the 2023 Emmy Awards were announced earlier this month, with Succession, The Last of Us, and The White Lotus in the lead at over 20 nods each.

Of course, the Emmys could still go ahead and announce the winners without the pomp and circumstance of an entire in-person awards ceremony. But even if it does, we probably won’t hear many acceptance speeches any time soon.

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