So the publicity stunt of the robot lawyer sneaking into court is no more, as Joshua Browder, founder and CEO of the self-help legal site DoNotPay, yesterday pulled the plug on the prank, saying he had received threats from bar officials of prosecution and even imprisonment.
That news followed a scathing series of tweets by a woman who tried out several of DoNotPay’s self-help tools, only to conclude that they were effectively smoke and mirrors, in some cases getting the law wrong, in others failing even to deliver the promised product.
On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For the first time ever, a robot will represent someone in a US courtroom.
DoNotPay A.I will whisper in someone’s ear exactly what to say. We will release the results and share more after it happens. Wish us luck!
— Joshua Browder (@jbrowder1) January 21, 2023
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