AI at Your Fingertips: The Best ChatGPT Add-ons and Extensions for Lawyers
The technology landscape is evolving rapidly, and turning a blind eye is no longer an option for lawyers seeking to stay competitive. AI-based technologies are on the cusp of revolutionary change, as evidenced by the release of GPT-4 in mid-March. This groundbreaking advancement in AI technology is significant because it enables unparalleled natural language understanding, generation, and context awareness.
In previous articles, I explained the significance of generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Bing chat, which are advanced AI language models designed to streamline communication, research, and information processing. The rapid advancements in these AI technologies have significantly enhanced the potential for innovative applications in the legal industry and offer boundless possibilities for lawyers seeking to increase efficiency and improve decision-making.
The release of GPT-4 is just the beginning. As this technology is incorporated into Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and legal-specific applications, the impact of generative AI will increase exponentially.
In the meantime, there are browser extensions and other types of add-ons that make it easier than ever to incorporate ChatGPT capabilities into your daily workflows.
Currently, the two most popular AI chatbots are ChatGPT and Bing Chat. ChatGPT is available as a standalone chatbot, and a free version is available. After test-driving it, you may want to sign up for ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20/month and offers consistent uptime and prioritized access to new features, including access to GPT4. To access Bing’s chatbot, you’ll need to sign up for the waiting list, and once you’re granted access, it is available here.
Below you’ll find the ChatGPT add-ons and browser extensions that I’ve found to be the most beneficial thus far. Many others are available, so no matter your needs, you’re sure to find an add-on that meets them in your browser’s app store.
- Bing Chat for All Browsers: In theory, Bing chat can only be accessed using Microsoft’s Edge browser. This browser extension provides access via a link in your toolbar. You can also access it by creating a bookmark to the link provided above.
- ChatGPT for Gmail: This browser extension adds ChatGPT to Gmail, so that when you open an email, it will scan the email and if you activate it, draft a suggested reply email.
- ChatGPT Prompt Genius: With this extension, you’ll have access to ChatGPT prompts created by other users. This saves time and allows you to take advantage of curated requests designed to elicit specific responses, such as language translation or document editing.
- WebchatGPT: Currently, ChatGPT isn’t connected to the web, and its database is limited to data up to 2021 only. Webchat GPT is a handy addon that allows you to augment ChatGPT results with real-time web results directly in the ChatGPT interface. You can toggle the web results on or off, giving you more flexibility when researching an issue or seeking information.
- Voice control for ChatGPT: This extension allows you to have verbal conversations with ChatGPT. Simply toggle the microphone on and speak your requests. ChatGPT will then respond by reading aloud the output, but you have the option of silencing the response.
Embracing technology and adapting to change is essential for staying competitive and delivering the best results for your clients. If you’re ready to dive into the potential that ChatGPT offers, these add-ons and browser extensions are great ways to streamline your workflow. By incorporating these innovative tools into your daily routine, you can effectively harness the power of generative AI technology to the benefit of your practice and your clients
Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney, author, journalist, and the head of SME and External Education at MyCase law practice management software, an AffiniPay company. She is the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a Thomson Reuters treatise. She writes legal technology columns for Above the Law and ABA Journal and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. You can follow her on Twitter at @nikiblack or email her at [email protected].