Discover how Malta is shaping the future of Artificial Intelligence, as Europe moves closer to adopting the AI Act regulation and the world signs the ‘Bletchley Declaration’
Last 24 October was a crucial day for the European Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulatory journey. On that date, significant progress was made towards the adoption of the first global AI regulation, known as the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act). This regulation will shape the future of a fundamental and rapidly evolving field, and Malta is ready to contribute significantly to this evolution.
The trilogue session between the European Commission, Parliament and Council mapped out a potentially shared path to address the challenges posed by AI, particularly those related to high-risk systems. The Spanish Presidency, engaged in the approval of the AI Act, accelerated the work, but also raised some concerns about the clarity and quality of the text. This legislative process has highlighted the uncertainty surrounding AI technology and its social, economic and legal impact.
Malta’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy
Malta, with its ‘Malta AI Strategy & Vision 2030’, has a clear vision of the role of AI in its future. The Maltese strategy recognises the importance of AI in education and workforce training, preparing the country for the challenges and opportunities that AI will bring in the coming years.
The strategy takes into consideration the economic and social impact of AI, aiming to position Malta as a centre of excellence for this technology, attracting investment and talent to the sector. Furthermore, Malta recognises the importance of ethics in the adoption of AI and is committed to developing a robust ethical framework.
Malta’s approach to AI reflects a global vision. The signing of the ‘Bletchley Declaration’ by Malta, together with 28 other countries, is a sign of collective commitment to managing the risks associated with the advancement of AI. This declaration is an important step towards international collaboration in addressing the ethical and security challenges related to AI.
The Global AI Summit and the ‘Bletchley Declaration’ are a starting point towards a future where AI technology will be developed in a safe and responsible manner. Kamala Harris, Vice-President of the United States, emphasised the importance of holding technology companies accountable and highlighted AI-related concerns, stressing the urgency of joint action to understand and manage potentially catastrophic risks.
There is no doubt that Malta is playing a key role in the evolution of AI, both at the European and global level. The Maltese strategy is a model of how a country can responsibly and effectively prepare for the future of AI. With a clear vision and a firm commitment, Malta is paving the way for an AI-driven future, where innovation is balanced by sound ethical regulation and international collaboration. As the world prepares for an AI-driven future, Malta is ready to play a key role in this technological revolution.
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