The day my AI robot went on strike. Given our format, covering the intersection of emerging technology with fashion, we’ve covered to a large extent the emergence of AI here on WTVOX.
To some, the idea of purchasing fashion from an AI robot in store, or attending the ‘digital carpet’ where all AI designers are showcasing their latest creations, remains farfetched. However, things are changing, and changing fast.
AI Robot – Right To Digital Healthcare
Malta, one of the most forward nations when it comes to the adoption of blockchain technology, has announced its plans to give citizenship to bots. From voting rights to equal access to healthcare (imagine how that changes) and civil liberties, everything is on the table.
Also known as ‘the blockchain island,’ Malta is the country where everything, including lawyers, is tokenised or are tokenising themselves.
The tiny land has gained a reputation as the world’s friendlies place for blockchain and crypto-related businesses. As such, it has become the home of some of the biggest crypto exchanges such as Binance, BitPay, and, OKex.
The ecosystem is moving so fast, that the government has reached the conclusion that a legal system is required, where a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) is granted the right to personhood.
AI Robot – It’s Needed
“We need new legal structures that can support the latest innovations as it is the case of, IoT structures, AI and any decentralized network that might benefit from the concept of separate legal personality,” says Jonathan Galea, a Maltese crypto lawyer.
“We have seen in recent years that AI developments come rapidly and often take the world by surprise,” said Ben Goertzel, the CEO of SingularityNET.
The prospect of creating a regulatory framework for AI gets many excited including Trent McConaghy, the CEO of Ocean Protocol, an AI data-sharing marketplace.
“In the upcoming age of AI and blockchain technology, we need a legal framework for self-driving cars, robot managers, AI digital influencers, and more. It is required for a self-sustaining public infrastructure, and for the benefit of the society,” he added.
However, Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England, has an issue with granting AI personhood:
“I worry about any moves toward legal personhood for artificial systems. Any move to diminish or deflect the responsibilities and accountability of the human creators is not just deceiving but very dangerous.”
AI Robot – What Are The Costs?
The topic remains controversial with many experts in the field, including professor Winfield, sending an open letter to the European Commission, arguing that granting AI with human rights is a terrible idea.
Moreover, as a member state of the European Union, Malta’s decision to draft the bill becomes extremely controversial as other member states could be lawfully obliged to treat any Maltese-registered DAO as legitimate human-like entities.
As the next AI will have comprehensive intelligence, we must get future ready to give them the autonomy of acting in the world, within the next 10-15 years.
Defining AI entities as inanimate property or in ‘best case’ as workers without rights will lead to past social situations similar to slavery, or unexpected circumstances that the current legal systems won’t be fit to handle.
Nevertheless, granting legal personality to decentralised structures is something no other administration has done before. Either way, it could propel the world to new heights or open Pandora’s digital box.