In 2017, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia
. Despite arguments
that neither human society nor technology is ready yet for citizen robots, Sophia inspired Malta to go a step further and try to create a citizenship test
As recognised by the head of the Maltese AI task force, the grant of citizenship would give the robots access to EU citizenship. Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri has stated that this is part of Malta’s goal of positioning itself as a ‘Blockchain island’ and a frontrunner in the field.
Author: Dr. Olivier Vonk