ChatGPT and the Environmental Lawyer

Unless you have been hibernating this winter, you know about ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot that rolled out late in 2022. Its developer, OpenAI, describes ChatGPT as follows:

We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.

Or, for those of us who remember watching Star Trek, ChatGPT functions a lot like the computer on the Starship Enterprise – you ask it to do something, and it does it. People have experimented with ChatGPT to write computer code, draft poems, write term papers, and create visual art, among many others.

Recently I experimented with ChatGPT, in an effort to not be that “senior” lawyer who in the early 1990’s said, “I don’t need to learn this new email thing . . . .”

More specifically, I asked ChatGPT to do two things:

    1. Draft a short purchase and sale agreement for a 65-acre coal-fired power plant; and
    2. Prepare a five-page memorandum on the definition of “Waters of the US.”

The results were surprising but instructive.

– Donald C. Bluedorn II

Click here, to view the full article in The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).

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