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Why ChatGPT Needs a (Construction) Lawyer

Article-Why ChatGPT Needs a (Construction) Lawyer

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The suddenly everywhere tech can whip out a contract lickety-split. But would you trust your big project to it?

Ask ChatGPT to write a design-bid-build contract for a 600-unit, mixed-use project in San Jose, California, and it will spit one out for you. 

In response to a prompt from Construction Dive, our sister publication, OpenAI’s generative artificial intelligence bot produced a document that included a scope of work, payment terms, a clause for termination and sections on indemnification, insurance and change orders, among other terms of legal art specific to construction.

So why not just use it on your next project?

“Because 100%, you’re going to get sued,” said Jerry Levine, general counsel at London-based ContractPodAi, whose AI-powered legal assistant known as “Leah” can analyze contracts and flag relevant portions on command. “If somebody is solely relying on AI-generated contracts for a construction project, they’re really just asking for trouble.”

Since ChatGPT’s debut last November, applying generative AI to routine tasks has captured the imagination of the business world and spurred a new digital arms race in Silicon Valley. Microsoft retooled its Bing search engine with AI functionality, Google introduced its own AI chat service, called Bard, and dozens of other firms have clamored into the space.  

However, the new technology has also worried lawmakers and experts, who are calling for regulation and safety checks.

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