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Space Cowboy: Malta’s AI Guru And Angel Investor Is Casually Chilling With NASA

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A Maltese man walks into a bar in Houston… and he’s the only guy in the place that hasn’t been to space.

That punchline was a recent reality for Malta’s Angelo Dalli. The serial entrepreneur, angel investor and AI-obsessed tech guru’s innovations in everything from intelligent transport to marketing to gaming and entertainment put him firmly on NASA’s radar, and he’s taken them up on an invitation to visit Houston and get an insider view of its operations, processes and technology.

However, this isn’t his first encounter of the NASA kind.

“As a child, I first wrote to NASA in 1984 during the Voyager mission and much to my surprise they had actually replied back,” Dalli told Lovin Malta from Houston. “The photos and material that they had sent are still amongst my most cherished possessions.”

Now, Dalli has the opportunity to see iconic equipment like the Saturn V rocket, the Space Shuttle carrier, the HERA habitat and the fabled Mission Control up close.

“As an AI expert am most interested in seeing the robotic technology currently being developed and also the future direction of exploration technology and how AI will work along with people,” he explained.

Speaking of people, rubbing shoulders with astronauts who have successfully returned from space is pretty much any geek’s wet dream.

“I hope to meet different astronauts and cosmonauts around the world who will be meeting at the same time when I’ll be visiting. I want to see both the technical and human elements of space exploration and how AI will assist the process,” he said.
Dalli has high hopes for NASA’s modern Artemis programme, which aims to put people on the moon and permanently create a lunar base there, having an orbiting moon station and giving people the experience needed to eventually go to Mars.

And Dalli knows AI is going to have a major role in this kind of technology – indeed, all kinds of technologies – moving forward.

“I firmly believe that the future of human society will be shaped by Artificial Intelligence, which in turn will enable us to solve day to day problems giving us more time to pursue creative tasks,” he said.
“As a result, humanity will experience unprecedented growth spurts which will need to be sustained via the exploration and use of the resources that are available for us – the planets are there for the taking – we simply need to develop the technology to take advantage of our birthright as a species,” he said.

And forget what you’ve heard – Dalli doesn’t think Artificial Intelligence will lead to the end of humanity as we know it.

“The danger lies not in AI but in people abdicating their responsibility and acting in unethical ways. You need to train AI to do bad things – by keeping humans in control and acting ethically AI will never pose any danger,” he said.

“AI will bring a new era of wealth to human society, working to assist rather than replace people. Creating a society that gives people more time to connect to other people,” he continued.

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As he deepens his knowledge of the cutting edge technology in space exploration and AI, Dalli looks to the coming years with hope and big dreams.

“I hope that my vision of the future and the results that I and others researchers in AI will bring about into existence will inspire people and bring about a positive change,” he ended.

Tag someone who knows we need to set up a habitat on Mars.

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