Blockchain & AI Summit Malta + Blockchain University Degree Malta

The Mal­ta Blockchain Sum­mit is com­ing back! On May 24th and 25th, the eyes of the Blockchain World will be eager­ly set on the sun­ny Mediter­ranean island of Mal­ta where the great­est names and author­i­ties of the Blockchain and Cryp­to world will gath­er and dis­cuss the future of this ground­break­ing indus­try.

How­ev­er, Mal­ta is not only known as the Blockchain Island. It has also made news when it announced its plan to devel­op the world’s first legal frame­work for arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI). While oth­er coun­tries are slow to embrace the future of tech­nol­o­gy, Mal­ta is coura­geous­ly tak­ing the ini­tia­tive and push­ing for legal inno­va­tion and clar­i­ty com­pa­nies need to pro­mote and devel­op their var­i­ous proofs-of-con­cept.

Continuing the success story started with Malta Blockchain Summit 2018

Already the last Blockchain Sum­mit in 2018 was a huge suc­cess. Back then, more than 5000 start-up founders and Blockchain enthu­si­asts from all over the world had gath­ered on the Blockchain Island Mal­ta.

The first Mal­ta Blockchain Sum­mit began on Novem­ber 1 and 2, 2018, the date on which the world’s first legal frame­work for DLT tech­nol­o­gy came into force. It was at this event that Mal­tese Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat also announced that, in addi­tion to posi­tion­ing itself as Blockchain Island, it want­ed to take the next step and was already work­ing on leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tives and the devel­op­ment of a legal frame­work for Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence.

Here, too, there would be a great deal of new legal ter­rain to cov­er and numer­ous chal­leng­ing ques­tions to which no clear answers have yet been found world­wide from a legal per­spec­tive are still lying ahead. To this end, it was announced back then that an Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence Task Force had been set up with renowned researchers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from busi­ness and pol­i­tics.

So the next log­i­cal step is for the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment to com­bine its efforts for these two ground­break­ing tech­nolo­gies and organ­ise a big event, which is lit­tle sur­pris­ing­ly called the Mal­ta Blockchain & AI Sum­mit 2019.

The much antic­i­pat­ed glob­al spec­ta­cle will take place on 24 and 25 May 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in St Julian’s. Once again, the aim is to reach the max­i­mum fill­ing of the rooms and attract 8500 blockchain and AI enthu­si­asts from all over the world.

Promotion of the event has already begun

In the last 2 weeks, pro­mo­tion of the event has already been start­ed. In the first mail­ings from the media, well-known experts and insid­ers are announced, who will con­tribute their know-how as keynote speak­ers or author­i­ties in pan­el dis­cus­sions and take part in excit­ing debates and answer the ques­tions of the inter­est­ed audi­ence.

On the offi­cial web­site of the event, top-class par­tic­i­pants are already list­ed. Among them for exam­ple Tim Drap­er, or Ben Goertzel of Sin­gu­lar­i­tyNET, who of course also brings along speak­ing AI robot Sophia (one of the stars of MBS 2018). Sophia func­tions by means of AI and has already sym­bol­i­cal­ly become the first “AI Cit­i­zen” of Mal­ta, i.e. a cit­i­zen. This speaks to part of what Mal­ta wants to do with draft­ing the world’s first leg­is­la­tion for AI. Media sup­port for the event will include Coin­Mar­ket­Cap and the Times of Mal­ta.

Maltese Government well-represented at summit & announces creation of legal entity for DAOs

Of course, the event will once again be under the patron­age of the Mal­tese Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat who is going to wel­come the par­tic­i­pants per­son­al­ly at the eager­ly await­ed Sum­mit. Sil­vio Schem­bri, Par­lia­ment Sec­re­tary for the Dig­i­tal Econ­o­my, will also be present at the 2-day con­gress and enter into dia­logue with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all over the world.

The first details of the agen­da have already been leaked. The keynotes and pan­el dis­cus­sions will be devot­ed to three dif­fer­ent top­ics. These are Blockchain & AI and For­eign Direct Invest­ment, Future of Dig­i­tal Invest­ment and Reg­u­la­to­ry Frame­work of the Blockchain & AI Space.

In addi­tion, anoth­er “World’s First” legal mea­sure has already been announced on the Summit’s web­site. Still in 2019 anoth­er law is to be passed that will give so-called DAOs — Decen­tralised Autonomous Organ­i­sa­tions — their own legal enti­ty. DAOs are vir­tu­al organ­i­sa­tions in which all process­es and trans­ac­tions can be han­dled auto­mat­i­cal­ly (with­out human involve­ment!) through the exe­cu­tion of Smart Con­tracts.

Among the Top 10 AI Countries: Schembri announces public workshop

In a work­shop at Microsoft, Sil­vio Schem­bri has mean­while announced more details and news about the devel­op­ment of the planned AI frame­work. He empha­sized the neces­si­ty of the legal frame­work to meet three require­ments: it must be eth­i­cal, trans­par­ent and social­ly respon­si­ble.

In order to achieve trans­paren­cy and prac­ti­cal applic­a­bil­i­ty, great impor­tance is also attached to pub­lic debate and dis­course on the new legal ter­ri­to­ry that will be opened up here. Schem­bri has there­fore announced a pub­lic work­shop on AI on 21 March and open­ly invites all inter­est­ed par­ties to par­tic­i­pate.

He hopes that this will pro­vide all par­ties involved with greater clar­i­ty and a com­mon direc­tion for the future of AI leg­is­la­tion. He said: “The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion work­shop by the Malta.AI Task­force will pro­vide a bet­ter pic­ture of where the strat­e­gy is head­ing and which are the iden­ti­fied pil­lars that will be focused upon.”

The world’s first: Malta now issues university degrees via Blockchain

With yet anoth­er mea­sure Mal­ta wants to once again under­line its role as a pio­neer in the area of blockchain. From now on, all diplo­mas and cer­tifi­cates issued by pri­vate, church and state schools and uni­ver­si­ties will be issued and stored on the Blockchain. As report­ed by the local dai­ly Mal­ta­To­day on 21 Feb­ru­ary, to that end, the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment has signed a 2-year con­tract with a com­pa­ny called Soft­ware Machine.

How­ev­er, this is not a new mea­sure at all, but rather the con­tin­u­a­tion of a pilot project start­ed almost two years ago. It appears that the results of this project have been so sat­is­fac­to­ry that the ini­tia­tive is now being scaled into an inte­gral part of the pub­lic life in Mal­ta.

Of course, the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment and the oper­a­tor did not want to miss the oppor­tu­ni­ty to announce this glob­al-first mea­sure in pub­lic spot­light. Mal­ta is now the first coun­try in the world to issue all high­er edu­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates via the blockchain. There­fore, a short cer­e­mo­ny was held at the Auberge de Castille, where a press con­fer­ence was held not only with the oper­a­tors but also with the most senior mem­bers of the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment present.

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat nat­u­ral­ly sees the mea­sure as fur­ther proof of Malta’s posi­tion­ing as Blockchain Island. Along these lines, he sim­ply said: “In 2017, we said Mal­ta will become the blockchain island, and it has.”

He also point­ed out the main advan­tages of issu­ing diplo­mas and cer­tifi­cates on the blockchain. These are above all a mas­sive reduc­tion of the bureau­crat­ic bur­den and stronger pro­tec­tion for the pri­vate data of stu­dents and grad­u­ates. Dig­i­tal ver­i­fi­ca­tion using a pri­vate key and blockchain makes it pos­si­ble to prove the authen­tic­i­ty of a degree. And this com­plete­ly with­out the need to dis­close fur­ther per­son­al data of the indi­vid­ual.

At the cer­e­mo­ny, which was also attend­ed by Edu­ca­tion Min­is­ter Evarist Bar­to­lo, Par­lia­ment Sec­re­tary for Dig­i­tal Econ­o­my Sil­vio Schem­bri announced a fur­ther tranche of endowed schol­ar­ships for stu­dents of a blockchain-ori­ent­ed degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mal­ta for 25 Feb­ru­ary.

Malta Blockchain & AI Summit 2019: a must-attend for Blockchain & AI start-ups

For com­pa­nies, start-ups and free­lancers as well as indus­try experts from all over the world, this sun­ny Mediter­ranean island offers anoth­er first-class event to exchange and net­work with oth­er experts from all over the world. In addi­tion, you can also find out more about Blockchain Island Mal­ta as an attrac­tive loca­tion for the set­tle­ment of Blockchain com­pa­nies.

About Dr. Jörg Werner

Dr. jur. Jörg Wern­er, born 27 May 1971, attend­ed the law school of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leipzig and passed his first state exam­i­na­tion in the State of Sax­ony in 1996. After suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ing his manda­to­ry legal intern­ship, he suc­cess­ful­ly passed the sec­ond state exam­i­na­tion of the State of Sax­ony-Anhalt in 1998 and was admit­ted to the bar and began to prac­tice as a Ger­man attor­ney (Recht­san­walt) before the court of Magde­burg the same year. He worked as an attor­ney at the Law Offices of Prof. Dr. Fre­und & Kol­le­gen until he formed the firm of Wrede & Wern­er. He was also admit­ted to prac­tice before the Supe­ri­or Court of Naum­burg. In 2001, he moved the firm’s offices to Cen­tral Berlin, where he was admit­ted to prac­tice before the Courts of Berlin. Dr. jur. Jörg Wern­er then com­plet­ed his doc­tor­al stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ham­burg and grad­u­at­ed as a Dok­tor der Rechtswis­senschaften (Doc­tor of Laws).

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