Gauging the Undertone of the Legal Personhood of AI

Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021

Time: 1pm – 2pm (Hong Kong Time)

Speaker: Chakravarthy Naik (Assistant Professor, Alliance University School of Law)

Abstract: Person, derived from ‘persona’, simply means a mask. However, with progress in time, the meaning of the term ‘person’ now stands evolved. Legal persons, otherwise known as artificial, juristic or fictitious persons, have a real existence, but their personality is fictitious. The idea behind the grant of legal personhood is to safeguard human interests. The shift in granting legal personhood rises in ‘environmental personhood’ from anthropocentric to eco-centric approach. At the same time, the basic idea of legal personality is evolving and demands a grant of personhood to superior technologies like that of artificial intelligence (AI). The viability of the grant of personhood to AI is a good question.

About the speaker: Prof. S. Chakravarthy Naik is currently pursuing his Ph.D from National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, India. He holds a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Rights from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He has enrolled as an Advocate under Telangana Bar Council and has practiced in the field of Intellectual Property Rights. Prof. Naik has attended and participated in various national and international seminars, conferences and workshops. He has published many research papers in law journals and books. His areas of academic interest are intellectual property rights, environmental law and criminal law.

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