With recent reports suggesting Microsoft is looking to invest up to $10 billion in viral artificial intelligence startup OpenAI, the AI sector is beginning to see a ramp-up in activity. That’s big news for Florida, where a thriving tech scene is already driving opportunity in a similarly prospering legal industry.

The increased interest in OpenAI arrives following the buzz from Microsoft’s release of ChatGPT. Amid praise for its capabilities, the AI-powered chatbot has raised concerns after it was used to generate school essays that read like they were written by a human. As the technology heralds the anticipated AI revolution and Florida continues to be a breeding ground for tech companies, local lawyers may start seeing the technology become more prevalent in their work, both in terms of client mix and how they practice law.