Category Archives: bots

Do Not Pay’s $4.6m funding: where are the emperor’s clothes?

Joshua Browder, marketeer extraordinary, has just announced that he has received $4.6m in seed corn funding for his DoNotPay venture from venture capitalists. This is on top of the $1.1m raised two years ago. Mr Browder is only 22 and looks well on his way to success. The only problem is that, if you test … Continue reading Do Not Pay’s $4.6m funding: where are the emperor’s clothes?

Hope, Hype, Equifax and Joshua Browder

You cannot keep Joshua Browder down. The Stanford student’s DoNotPay parking ticket bot obtained worldwide coverage to die for. As a previous blog acknowledged, ‘Mr Browder is clearly a dab hand and marketing’. That was no understatement. He moved on to covering asylum claims (Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking claims now helping refugees claim asylum’ Guardian) … Continue reading Hope, Hype, Equifax and Joshua Browder

Beware the thrice crowing cock: AI is coming of age

  Three recent reviews worth reading and all, by chance, available on the same day (October 6) have emphasised the importance of Artificial Intelligence in disrupting the business of law – a special report from the Financial Times; the recent Society of Computers and Law lecture by Richard Susskind (not  yet formally published); and a … Continue reading Beware the thrice crowing cock: AI is coming of age

Bots are good but content is better: lessons from the curious case of Mr Joshua Browder

Joshua Browder is a 19 year old Stanford University student described by his Wikipedia page, presumably contributed by himself, as ‘a British entrepreneur and public figure’. He is best known for having invented DoNotPay, a website sometimes described as a ‘chatbot’ or just ‘bot’ that allows motorists to contest parking tickets. Mr Browder is clearly … Continue reading Bots are good but content is better: lessons from the curious case of Mr Joshua Browder