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AI lawyer gets hired (and fired)

PLUS: New Q&A with Zain Kahn + Atomic AI raises $35M

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This is Not A Bot - the newsletter about AI that was definitely not written by AI. Im Haroon, founder of AI For Anyone, and Ill be sharing with you the latest news, tools, and resources from the AI space.

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In today's edition:

  • AI lawyer gets hired and fired

  • NAB Q&A: Zain Kahn discusses future of AI in marketing

  • Atomic AI, RNA structure platform, raises $35M

Expert Q&A with Zain Kahn

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AI lawyer gets hired and fired

Remember the robot lawyer we discussed in Tuesday's issue? Welp, it was fired.

Startup DoNotPay made headlines a few days ago for its AI-powered "robot lawyer", which was set to counsel a defendant through a courtroom hearing. But after receiving threats from State Bar prosecutors, CEO Joshua Browder decided the risk of retaliation was too great.

Browder was threatened with up to two years of prison for unauthorized law practice. One of the issues that various state bar associations surfaced was that recording audio during a live legal proceeding is prohibited in many courtrooms, which makes it difficult for AI tools to generate responses.

The company has now shifted from its legal direction and is focusing on consumer rights, removing all legal advice templates and document generators from its website.

DoNotPay will continue developing AI tools to help its users navigate phone calls, but the "robot lawyer" project has been retired.

"I'll be back."

Read more: Gizmodo (link) / NPR (link)

Expert Q&A with Zain Kahn

Our second expert Q&A is now LIVE!

Today's guest is Zain Kahn (@heykahn) - a marketing executive for early and growth-stage consumer startups. Zain has helped companies acquire over 8 million users and is an angel investor and marketing advisor to AI startups.

During our chat, we cover a range of topics, including:

  • How marketing has changed forever in the past few months

  • Capitalizing on the latest AI trends in marketing

  • Predictions about the future of AI in marketing

So many valuable insights were shared during this chat, and I'm excited to share them with you. Click the link below to check it out.

Atomic AI, RNA structure platform, raises $35M

Atomic AI has launched with $35 million Series A funding to develop an AI-driven RNA Structure Platform for treating undruggable diseases.

The company has raised a total of $42 million in funding from Playground Global, 8VC, Factory HQ, Greylock, NotBoring, and AME Cloud Ventures, among others.

Atomic AI's proprietary AI-driven 3D RNA structure engine integrates ML foundation models with wet-lab biology to discover structured, ligandable RNA motifs (not sure what that means, but it sounds cool). This technology has the potential to create effective, safer small molecules against undruggable diseases.

Read more: BusinessWire (link)

Byte size: Summaries of my favorite AI article

Disclaimer: AI is (partially) used to summarize these articles.

CNET found errors in more than half of its AI-written stories [The Verge] - The CNET drama continues. If you didn't know, CNET has been using an AI writing tool to generate stories, some of which have been found to contain numerous errors. CNET has now issued corrections on 41 of the 77 stories and added a disclaimer to all AI-written stories. The CNET leadership team has decided to pause AI-generated content across all websites, but they plan to continue exploring and testing how AI can help their teams.

Microsoft is beating Google at its own game [Vox] - It looks like Microsoft is in the process of beating Google in the race for AI technology, thanks to its investment in OpenAI. This piece looks into the history of the rivalry between Google and Microsoft, leading up to today.

  • Pragmatic about their approach to change rather than wanting to revolutionize

  • Focused on the collective and is utilizing the internet to provide more accessible and affordable mental health solutions and create new ways of learning

  • Becoming more adept at navigating the digital world, with some embracing BNPL despite being skeptical of credit card debt

Trending tools & resources

  • Bardeen (link) - Automate your repetitive tasks using AI.

  • LangchainAI (link) - This lets you combine LLMs with other sources of computation or knowledge via composability.

Have cool tools to share? Tweet me at @haroonchoudery if you'd like me to include it in a future issue of Not A Bot.

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And that does it for today's issue.

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- Haroon - (definitely) Not A Robot and @haroonchoudery on Twitter

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