AI in the Court

A judge in Colombia used ChatGPT in a medical rights case to determine if a child was exempt from medical costs. The judge asked the generative AI application a series of questions to verify information in the case, saying that – according to Colombian law 2213 of 2022 – a judge can sometimes use artificial intelligence software to assist with a ruling.

In the transcript (obtained and translated by Gizmodo), the judge asked, “Is an autistic person exempted from paying moderator fees in his therapies?” ChatGPT responded, “Yes, that is correct. In accordance with the regulations in Colombia, minors diagnosed with autism are exempt from paying moderator fees in their therapies.” It went on to clarify that Law 1753 of 2015 regulates the benefit and “applies to all institutions that provide public or private health services” for those who receive assistance from the social security health system.

As you can imagine, there are some people who believe this is awesome and others who are not happy about it. Oddly, this use of ChatGPT was more akin to a Google search than a true use of generative AI. Pasting the same question into Google would have surfaced the same information, although the form of the results would clearly be different.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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