Malta Aims To Be Among Top 10 Nations In The World In AI

2nd November 2018

Malta's AI taskforce will collaborate with the makers of Sophia the AI robot will collaborate to explore a citizenship test for robots.

Malta has just established a taskforce to design a national strategy on artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at putting Malta among the top 10 nations in the world in AI. 

Malta.ai, which falls under the ambit of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), will collaborate with SingularityNET, the company behind Sophia’s, the world’s most famous AI robot, on a pilot project to explore a citizenship test for robots in the process of drafting new regulation for AI.

The Malta.ai taskforce will be chaired by Wayne Grixti. Its members include Dr Angelo Dalli, Ing Antoine Sciberras, Prof Alexei Dingli, Dr Jackie Mallia, Dr Godfrey Vella, Dr Dylan Seychell, Dr Abdalla Kablan, Ing Emanuel Darmanin, Francois Piccione, and Wilbert Tabone as secretary.

Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri explained that Malta would be developing a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy cognisant of other strategies being pursued on DLT and IoT.

“Our objectives are to dialogue with stakeholders, to build awareness of the key topics and issues that will inform a national AI framework, consult on a policy that considers for ethically aligned, transparent and socially responsible AI, identify regulatory and fiscal measures to strengthen Malta’s appeal as a hub for foreign investment in this sector, and identify the underlying skill base and infrastructure needed to support AI,” Mr Schembri said.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of the Government of Malta’s creation of an AI-focused task force and the world first citizenship test for robots,” said Dr Ben Goertzel, CEO at SingularityNET.

“The creation of the task force itself shows the government’s recognition of AI’s tremendous potential - and the reality that it must be balanced with risk, policy and ethical considerations. The task force’s creation is just the very beginning, too. I’m confident the impressive mix of academics, entrepreneurs and experts being pulled together for the task force will put Malta in a leading position, creating an industry and applications better than many of us can imagine.”


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Malta Aims To Be Among Top 10 Nations In The World In AI