Big technology companies are not particularly worried about the link tax. YouTube and Facebook are the only companies in the position to use upload filters and they could start selling them to other smaller European platforms. A proposal supposed to be bad for large companies may end up giving them a new business model.
Apart from privacy, the Safe City Malta project raises a number of issues that must be addressed by the Maltese authorities: Who will be storing the data? What will be done with the data? Who will be monitoring the data?
The duty of the state is to ensure that wellbeing of people and the environment are always prioritised before the profits of a handful—and the AI industry should be no exception.
There is an urgent need for resource-conserving, smart, emission-neutral production processes. But as the supply of steady employment weakens, a highly competitive labour market and a restricted welfare state would dismantle democratic achievements and enhance authoritarian trends.
It is not the first time that Malta has swiftly turned around legislation to grant a measure of order and clarity to emerging industries, creating what could be referred as a “legal certainty market”. However, this is far from risk-free.
Transhumanism presents itself as a utopia. It promises advancement and progress beyond imagination. However, the question is: Whose utopia would this be?
Understanding how the world of work is changing, and in whose interest, is the key political question of the future.