Technology, AI and ethics.

A message from the editor-in-chief, Alexander Görlach

A message from the editor-in-chief, Alexander Görlach


It is my pleasure to welcome you to this new magazine on Technology, AI and Ethics. We aim to tackle the important questions of our time: what will humanity look like in the future to come? How will technological progress and the rise of AI shape our self perception and our social interactions?

We will be debating these questions with internationally renowned experts from all fields including: technology, industry, the humanities, ethics, and philosophy. We wish to engage with practitioners and theorists, thereby having the human in the center of the mind. That is because we believe that accelerating progress and technological advancement should only have one purpose: to serve humanity, to make ourselves, and our conviviality with one another better.

As we have seen in the emergence of the new digital era this is not a given. We may aim to build better societies but on the way we face crucial ethical questions: how do we make AI responsible? Can we outsource ethical decision making to algorithms? How would doing this change ourselves as beings with moral agency? The list of questions is endless so we will not run out of work any time soon here at

Personally, I am super excited, proud, and happy about this new task as editor-in-chief of this new outlet. Being the founder and former editor-in-chief of the debate magazine The European I know how important discourse is in order to reach a consensus about pivotal topics regarding our future. My work on narratives of identity, among them the narratives of work in the age of AI, automatisation and machine learning, that I had the pleasure of working on at such prestigious institutions such as Harvard University in the United States and Cambridge University in England, has led me to think deeper and share the insights with a wider public that we hope to attract with this new magazine.

Thanks for tuning in, we hope you will be enjoying the articles and interviews of

Alex and Team

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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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