DOI: 10.1177/00258024231191829 ISSN: 0025-8024

ChatGPT: Forensic, legal, and ethical issues

Ankita Guleria, Kewal Krishan, Vishal Sharma, Tanuj Kanchan
  • Law
  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to a group of technologies that enable people to perform a variety of activities, including observing, comprehending, analysing and translating data, among other things. Nowadays, practically every school of thought is interested in AI. One such innovation, a chatbot by the name of ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer), launched by OpenAI recently, has taken the internet by storm. It had one million users within 1 week of its launch. The present communication explores the practicability and versatility of the ChatGPT in forensic examinations and scenarios, and also addresses the ethical and legal issues surrounding its usage. The observations suggest that the said technology, in its current form, has limited relevance in the realm of forensic science and the law. Only human critical thinking, expertise, and practical experience can provide the information and competencies needed in the realms of forensics, research, clinical and legal practices. Thus, the ChatGPT should be used with utmost caution in the disciplines of medicine, forensic science and the law, irrespective of its many positive attributes.

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