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LegalJune 29, 2023

How Generative AI Works: Diving Deeper

Last month Ken Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager of Legal Markets at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., shared a starter guide for lawyers on the foundation of generative AI in Above the Law. His piece explored the technological advancements that preceded Chat GPT and other generative AI tools that have become more common today. His next installment in this series, titled “How Generative AI Works: Part II”, is a deeper dive into the inner workings of the technology. The article provides a primer on the key concepts related to generative AI – including the type-ahead feature on smartphones, large language models, and the true definition of “GPT” – to help legal professionals grasp the essential tenets of the technology.

An attorney can first visualize a massive decision tree. But rather than a decision tree, the attorney should think about the tree having many decision points that are interconnected so the path navigated is not linear. The result is a striking ability to generate content that is a meaningful to a human and that can be remarkably accurate.

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