Alex presented his new book in Berlin on May 22nd, together with Minister of State for Digital Innovation Dorothee Bär, CEO of German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Peter Limbourg, and Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the Head of the German Lutheran Church. The book was well received in German media and is now set to be published in English in September or October.
Alex will be the first “Freedom Fellow” ever of Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Germany. The project he will researching on and publishing about is entitled with “Ethics of Cosmopolitanism” (Ethik des Weltbürgers).
Alex got interviewed by “Religion and Diplomacy”, a journal by the Institute on Religion and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is a senior research associate. Topics where AI and ethics and the role of religion in tomorrow’s world. Tune in here for the interview.
Alex is a honorary professor for ethics and theology at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, in the North of Germany, where he teaches theories of secularism. He was interviewed for the university’s website, thereby indicating that he would like to offer a course on critical thinking.
In times where the debate is all about algorithms, automatisation, and the future of work it becomes clearer by the day that humans will have a far larger capacity of assessing the world holistically, drawing a big picture than machines for much longer. Give the interview a read!
www.conditiohumana.io is the new magazine on “Technology, AI and Ethics”, Alex is the founding editor in chief of this new media outlet. In its mission statement he says he wishes the magazine to become
“…the leading voice that engages in the debate about the future of humankind in the light of digitization – who we want to be, how we want to live, and how technology will help us live up to these ideals and concepts.
Therefore, we are gathering voices from computer scientists, AI pundits, machine learning prodigies, and experts in the humanities, philosophy, history, and ethics alike. It can only be helpful to look into the change at hand from various backgrounds.”
Alex is the founder of the debate magazine The European that he also ran as its founding editor in chief from 2009-2015. He is therefore experienced in leading a media outlet aiming at fostering discourse and spark discussions on relevant, hot topics. His academic work at Harvard and Cambridge University let him to reflect on the narrative of work in the age of AI. He published this paper with the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications, in Mai 2018.
Please tune in and give it a read!
Alex will be hosting the next salon on the implications of AI on society in late September in Berlin. Following his paper on the future of work that Alex published in April 2018 with the Vodafone Institute for Communications and Society, the Institute started a series of events around this topic. Here are impressions and soundbites from the first AI Salon.
Alex commented on the latest developments in the Vatican for German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. His op-ed piece is available in English, Spanish and German. He also was interviewed on that subject matter by Readmetro, a gratis newspaper that is distributed in many Latin-American countries and the United States of America (photo).
Alex has contributed an article to this book, based on his academic work in the field of politics and religion, secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism, at Harvard University. As many societies nowadays, also in Germany there are plenty of debates about the role religion may and may not play in liberal, plural societies. Writing with a particular angle on Islam in Europe, Alex could also make use of the experience he gathered during the research for his PhD in comparative religion where he focused on Christianity and Islam.
While being a visiting scholar to the University of the Basque Country in 2017, Alex held a lecture on this topic that later became this article. Being back to San Sebastian in July 2018, Alex is utterly delighted to receive the book with his essay.
For the German daily Tagesspiegel Alex looked again into "The Clash of Civilisations" by Samuel Huntington, reflecting which of his controversial predictions in the book have come true. Tune in and read his essay here.
On July 4th Alex will be speaking at an event by VOLT, the new pan-european party, about a new narrative for Europe. As the former founder and editor-in-chief of the debate-magazine The European Alex continues to think about the future of the continent and its people. Today Alex published the tiny outlet www.saveliberaldemocracy.com where authors and interview partners reflect on the future of the liberal democratic order.
After publishing his recent booklet on the implications AI will be having on our societies, Alex is going to host an event series dedicated to these questions. The AI Salon will take place in Berlin on July 2nd and is a private event organised by the Vodafone Institute for Communications and Society. In the first edition of the series Alex will be discussing with Professor Luciano Floridi and Dr. Nuria Oliver:
Alex is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In this capacity he looks
"into Latin America, which he perceives as a part of the West, disagreeing with most concepts that exist today which exclude this part of the world explicitly as a component of the West. Latin America, however, is in Görlach's view an essential part of what is considered to be the Western hemisphere: a shared past, shared enlightenment, and the reception of its philosophy, languages, political system, and religious and ethical beliefs mark the many commonalities. Moreover, through its young population and due to shared urging societal questions in all parts of the Western World, Latin America should and could have a stimulating impact on Europe and the United States."
His first interview featured on the website of the Carnegie Council is with Mexican poet and diplomat Homero Aridjis.
Other interviews are, amongst others, with Henning Andres Droege, a diplomat from Guatemala, with Genaro Lozano, a Mexican academic, journalist and LGTB-activist, and with Brasilien economist Eduardo Wolf.
Alexander is honoured to announce his honorary professorship at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. He will be delivering his first lecture "Us versus them - why are we how we are?" on June 13.
Together with his friend from Harvard, Tobias Cremer, Alex will be giving a lecture on "The Decline of the Occident?" at the Cambridge University Institute on Religion and International Studies on May 17th. Here is more about the event.
Alex published a booklet on the implications AI will have on society. He is especially looking into current narratives of work and how they may be challenged by the changes at hand. The publication was made possible by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. For this book Alex interviewed icons of the digital age such as Vint Cerf, Martin Rees, Luciano Floridi, Andrew McAfee, and Pascal Finette. Here is the Link to download the publication for free: http://www.vodafone-institut.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Vodafone-Institute_-Entering_a_new_era.pdf
On May 4th Alex will be delivering a lecture on media in the age of fake news and alternative facts. Liberal societies are under threat when their media is attacked.
What will the role of Europe be in the world, squeezed in between the US of Donald Trump and China of Xi Jinping? Alex will be delivering a speech on that topic on April 18th in Vienna.