Student Experience

AI and the Law

Dr Amber Darr and Dr Luo Li launched a COIL Project in March 2021 with students from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, Pakistan. This is one of the three selected reflection pieces produced by participating students for publication in the Coventry Law School Blog.

By Amaaem Abuzar, a student at University of Management and Technology (Lahore, Pakistan) who participated in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Project provided by Coventry University.

During recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a major part of our lives and is continuing to do so. The rise of AI has posed moral questions into the minds of humans and has obliged the law to take AI into consideration when passing judgement. Many questions have arisen such as, “Who is accountable for an accident caused by an autonomous vehicle – the manufacturer or the vehicle?” and “Should AI fashion designers’ output be copyrighted?”

Before taking this course, I was unaware and did not know anything about copyright except that it is used to protect one’s work. Now, not only do I know what exactly copyright is, but also the struggle of independent AI designers obtaining copyright for their works.  In my opinion, since AI are going to advance and become an exact replica of humans, they should be given the same rights as us.

The course also brought into light another topic that I knew very little about: autonomous vehicles (AV). I got to learn the architecture and the different degrees to which vehicles are automated. As for the liability of an AV-caused accident, I, personally, believe that the safety driver is liable unless the accident was caused by a manufacturing mistake.

Finding out how much research and philosophy is involved in this area compels me to explore the field further. The question I want to ask is, why do we find AV less reliable than us when we aren’t perfect and can get into accidents as well?

Dr Amber Darr and Dr Luo Li launched a COIL Project in March 2021 with students from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, Pakistan. The course comprised synchronous and asynchronous components and the students were asked to submit a 300 word reflection note as evidence of successful completion of the course. This is one of the three best pieces produced by the students.

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