Technology, AI and ethics.

A message from your Editor-in-Chief

A message from your Editor-in-Chief


Dear Reader,

As the Coronavirus is not only infecting people but also industries and businesses, also Conditio Humana will be closed for the foreseeable future. As our publisher and mothership, S&S Media, is generating a large portion of its revenue through conferences and events — which are not happening at this point due to COVID-19 — we need to stay put and save every penny we can.

As soon as the crisis is over, Conditio Humana will resume. Thanks a lot to my publisher, Dr. Pouya Kamali-Loibl , my dear colleagues Sebastian and Sarah, for enabling, starting and working with me on this magazine. Thanks a lot to our op-ed contributors and interview partners that agreed to join into our conversation.

The questions regarding the use of new technologies in the light of ethics is still crucial and key for the societies we want to build in the future. The Corona-crisis is an example for this as well: how do we want to use surveillance technologies in the future in order to prevent other pandemics from happening and protecting citizen’s rights in a democracy at the same time.

I look very much forward to discuss all these and other questions with you the readers, hopefully sooner than later! Thanks so much for being with us in the last year since we started Conditio Humana.

See you soon and stay healthy!

Alexander Görlach

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Alexander Görlach

Alexander Görlach is the editor in chief of He is a linguist and theologian who works on narratives of identity, politics, and religion, and liberal democracy, as well as secularism, pluralism, and cosmopolitanism. He was a visiting scholar to both Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Center for European Studies and a J. F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow at that Center in the academic years 2014-2017. Alex is senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a fellow at the Center for the Governance of Change at IE University in Madrid, a senior research associate at Cambridge University’s Institute on Religion and International Studies, a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute, and a honorary professor of ethics and theology at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany. Prior to his current engagement at Cambridge University Alex served as a fellow to the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). In the academic year 2017-2018, he was also invited as a visiting scholar to universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In East Asia Alex looked into the democracies of the region and how the cope with the rise of China. One narrative of identity he is particularly researching on is the narrative of work. Given the rise of AI, algorithms and an increasing automatization it is crucial for him to reassess how individuals and societies perceive work and its impact on self-worth and identity. Alex is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, among others. He is also the founder of the debate-magazine The European and served as its editor-in-chief from 2009 until 2015. Today he also publishes the initiative

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