SingularityNET Appointed by Malta Government to Contribute to Country’s National AI Strategy


The full-stack artificial intelligence provider, SingularityNET, has been appointed by the government of Malta to be among the Malta.ai, a new task force responsible for drafting the country’s National AI Strategy.

The company is expected to work closely with the government to see through the first Robot Citizenship Test in the world.

Speaking about the appointment, Silvio Schembri, Malta’s Junior Minister for Financial Services said that, following the establishment of the country as a blockchain island, they now want to proceed to artificial intelligence, further making the country a technology hub. In his own words he said that:

“After successfully positioning Malta as The Blockchain Island, by being the first in the world to regulate DLT Products and Services, we now would like to position Malta amongst the top 10 countries in the world with an Artificial Intelligence Policy. In the process, we have invited SingularityNET and the team behind Sophia’s AI to contribute to Malta.ai entrusted with the AI Strategy. Amongst others, with SingularityNET, we shall explore a pilot project to create a citizenship test for Robots in the process of drafting new regulation for AI….This is the start of another chapter in Malta’s vision to become a technological hub. We look forward to work hand in hand with all stakeholders including European institutions on artificial intelligence.”

SingularityNET Happy for the Appointment

Through its CEO, Ben Goertzel, SingularityNET, expressed their excitement following the appointment by the national government, saying that they aim to build ethical and socially responsible AI designed to operate a number of robots, including Sophia. He said that:

“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. 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.”

Goertzel further added that:

“The flourishing of AI in all its aspects in Malta, which we are seeing now with this Task Force, has potential to play a major role in making sure the coming AI Singularity is a positive one for everyone. It is very important to work together to create a rational basis for AI and robots to be considered citizens of a democracy, with all the rights and responsibilities that come along with it.”

The Robot Citizenship Test

The Robot Citizenship Test is expected to utilize artificial intelligence so that it can effectively be used for new regulations.

The country also hopes that it will eventually lead the way for other nations that are looking to develop a similar AI strategy.

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