25 May 2021
The age of artiﬁcial intelligence (“AI”) is here to stay.
From autonomous vehicles to digital assistants, facial detection and recognition, chatbots and robots (prominent among which is Saudi Arabia’s humanoid robot, Sophia – the ﬁrst robot to receive citizenship of any country) etc, AI has become more ingrained in everyday life.
However, AI comes with its own imperfections, some of which include design, programming or manufacturing defects, improper use, etc., all of which could cause damage to third parties, raising serious questions about who should bear liability arising from such damage.
In the absence of international regulation, recourse would be had to national laws and decisions of courts of each country to determine liability for injuries or to resolve disputes.
This Article explores the recondite legal issues in determining, from a Nigerian law perspective, who should bear liability for damage caused by AI (“AI Liability”).