In a new study, law professors at the University of Minnesota used the ChatGPT AI chatbot to answer graduate exams in four courses at their school. AI passed all four, but with an average grade of C+. The University of Minnesota group noted that ChatGPT is good at handling “basic legal rules” and generalizations, but stumbles when trying to point out case-specific issues.

When faced with business management questions in another study, the generator was “amazing” with simple operations management and process analysis questions, but couldn’t handle advanced process questions. He even made sixth-grade-level math mistakes—something other AI authors have struggled with.

If you’re not sure if we’re ready for robot lawyers, you’re not the only one. DoNotPay is a free AI-powered chatbot that can draft letters and fill out forms for a variety of legal matters, including parking ticket appeals. Joshua Browder, CEO of the New York startup, announced that his company’s bot will represent a defendant fighting a traffic ticket in a courtroom on February 22. However, he received numerous threats of jail time from State Bar prosecutors if he went through with his plan. DoNotPay postpones its lawsuit. Browder told NPR, “The truth is, most people can’t afford lawyers. This could have tipped the balance and allowed people to use tools like ChatGPT in the courtroom that might have helped them win cases.”

– Matt Smith

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For people intrigued by the Steam Deck but want something with a little more performance, the Ayaneo 2 is a great little (expensive) gaming laptop, says Engadget’s Sam Rutherford. It features a newer Ryzen 7 6800U processor that pumps out frame rates between 25 to 40 percent higher than the Steam Deck, while its advanced hall-sensing joysticks provide even more responsive controls. The Ayaneo 2 also features a seven-inch bezel-less LCD display with a higher resolution of 1920 x 1200 and tons of connectivity thanks to three USB-C ports. Most importantly, it’s based on Windows 11 instead of SteamOS, which means it should run practically any game you can think of. The main drawbacks are somewhat short battery life (about two and a half hours on a charge), the lack of built-in touchpads, and a starting price $450 higher than that of the Steam Deck. Yes, that’s almost double.

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The agency claims the hack thwarted more than $130 million in ransom demands.

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Personal data includes the three names, addresses and dates of birth.

Dutch authorities arrested a hacker for obtaining and trying to sell the personal information of almost every Austrian citizen in May 2020 – and the accused had also offered “similar data sets” from Italy, the Netherlands and Colombia. Authorities say the hacker posted to an online forum the nine million sets of data, which police say consists of “registration data” that residents must provide to authorities: full names, addresses and dates of birth — but no financial information. “Since this data was freely available on the Internet, it must be absolutely assumed that these log data are, in whole or in part, irretrievably in the hands of criminals,” the police said.

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There’s never been a better time to jump into virtual reality.

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