Fellow Reinhard Messerschmidt, M. A.

Reinhard Messerschmidt, M. A.

Research consultant for digitalization, WBGU

  Fellow at CAIS form May to June 2017

CAIS Report: Messerschmidt, Reinhard (2017). Risiken und Nebenwirkungen des aktuellen Hypes um künstliche Intelligenz.

Ethics of digitalization

This project focuses on the moral challenges associated with the development of digitalization and its effects. The research problems examined relate to areas of individual and societal importance that are fundamentally changing in the context of digitalization, such as privacy, access to information and knowledge, and social inequality.

The aim of the project is to map out the current status of open questions, and, if possible, to add to these questions. For example: Is there a moral right to be forgotten on the web, and what scope should this right have? What ethical problems arise in decision-making through algorithms? What political responsibility does the legislator have in regulating the Internet?

Instead of evaluating technical innovations and their implementation merely retrospectively, I will draw on technical-ethical reflections to discuss morally relevant options for the design of future developments.

Main Research Topics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Foucault
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy
  • Demography
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since May 2017: Research consultant for digitalization at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin Office
  • April 2015-May 2017: Research assistant at the Cologne Centre for eHumanities (CCeH), University of Cologne
  • May 2012-June 2014 and September 2016-February 2017: Research assistant at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, Cologne
  • October 2009-May 2012: PhD scholarship at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne (until February 2017: Fellow)
  • September 2008-July 2009: Scholarship at the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD), Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, and Institut national d’études démographiques (INED), Paris