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  • ISSN 2626-3734
  • Language English

Issue 2/2019 – Cyberwarfare, AI and Democracy and Digital Platforms

This issue features interdisciplinary articles, opinions and reports from the fields of law, business and the philosophy of technology.

Maja Brkan focuses on a highly topical subject, the impact of AI on democracy. Her article offers an assessment of the detrimental impact of social bots (algorithmic driven social media accounts) and targeted advertisements on online social networks.

Nolen Gertz, Peter-Paul Verbeek and David Douglas use insights from Technical Mediation Theory (TMT) to show that cyber technologies do not only produce effects in cyberspace, but also have a profound impact on ‘real life’. In his contribution, Steven Umbrello makes a compelling case for a ‘value sensitive’ approach when designing AI-empowered nanotechnology.

Paul Nemitz’s and Arnd Kwiatkowski’s Opinion investigates whether it is feasible that large and new platforms, comparable to Whatsapp and Facebook, could be established in Europe.

In the Report section, Jessica Schmeiss and Nicolas Friederici describe what is needed to drive the development of AI in Germany and examine the German government’s ‘AI made in Germany’ agenda.

This issue also includes a new section: Outlook. In the Outlook section, experts from wide ranging technology-related fields are requested to express their views regarding a central theme connected to emerging technology. This time we asked our contributors to examine the business value of ethical tech. Concluding the issue, the Startup Digest features interviews with two businesses explicitly aiming to make a positive impact on society through the application of emerging technologies.



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Delphi - Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies

Delphi is a pioneering interdisciplinary review of emerging technologies as seen through the perspectives of experts from the fields of science and technology, ethics, economics, business and law. Inspired by the idea to encourage inclusive, thoughtful – and sometimes unsettling – debates on the many opportunities and challenges created by technological progress, the international quarterly review brings together authors with different professional backgrounds as well as opposing views. Delphi goes beyond the buzzwords-heavy, analysis-light popular publications, but is more concise and practice-oriented than traditional academic journals. Contributions to Delphi come in diverse and compact formats and accessible language to guarantee a lively dialogue involving both thinkers and doers.

Topic Examples

  • Recent developments and new trends in emerging technologies
  • Regulatory needs created by emerging technologies
  • Emerging technologies & the law
  • Ethical questions raised by AI, biotech, fintech, etc.
  • Impact of emerging technologies on our economies
  • The revolution of business through AI, e.g. new business models
  • Societal challenges created by technological progress

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Emerging Technologies Covered in Delphi

artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), autonomous vehicles, autonomous weapons, blockchains, biotech, robotics, cell atlas, deep learning, genetic engineering, innovative materials, internet of things (IoT), nanotechnology, precision farming, quantum computing, virtual reality (VR), and others.

Target Audience

The review is read by big picture thinkers, who want to know how emerging technologies shape our present and future. Delphi addresses everyone with a background in one of the focus disciplines –science & technology, ethics, economics, business and law – as well as curious individuals. The issues tackled by Delphi are highly significant for professionals engaged in strategic, forward-looking and visionary functions. Readers in other positions, working more narrowly in one of the focus disciplines, will also benefit from the review’s content. Geographically, the quarterly mainly targets Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, although other regions shall not be excluded.

Delphi’s Structure and Content

  • Diversity of Formats: Each issue is a well-balanced mix of articles, first-hand country or thematic reports, startups digest, interviews and reviews of books, films and events.
  • Diversity of Perspectives: To bring you the 360°view on emerging technologies we ensure experts from different disciplines are featured in each edition.
  • Accessibility: Presenting complex, in-depth analyses from a specialised field to readers from other disciplines is no easy task. Neither is staying concise on a topic you are passionate about. Delphi delivers the right balance on both.
  • Neutrality: We don’t take sides. Views on emerging technologies could range – from existential threat for humanity to panacea for all problems, and everything else in between. Delphi’s only agenda is to provide a neutral platform for comprehensive, informed discourse.
  • Always High Quality: To bring you insights you can rely on, all contributions published in Delphi are written and reviewed by experts.

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  1. Break Out of Your Silo
    Present your ideas to a new audience of experts with other professional backgrounds. Contextualise your work within the broader discourse.
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Ciano Aydin, University of Twente

Associate Editors

Francesca Bosco, World Economic Forum
Anita Jwa, Stanford Law School
Florian Krausbeck, ambrite AG
Anna Laesser, Impact Hub Berlin
Matthias Lamping, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Vince Madai, Charité Berlin, ai4medicine
Ida Rust,
University of Twente
Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Tohoku University
Cees Zweistra, Delft University of Technology

Editorial Board 

Steffen Augsberg, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, German Ethics Council
Woodrow Barfield
, Professor Emeritus, Chapel Hill
Rob van den Hoven van Genderen, VU University Amsterdam
Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation
William Echikson, Centre for European Policy Studies
Paul Nemitz, European Commission
Vuyiswa M’Cwabeni, SAP SE
Nishant Shah, ArtEZ University of the Arts
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner,
John Cabot University
Steven Umbrello, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Anna Zeiter, eBay International AG

Executive Editors

Clara Hausin, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin
Jakob McKernan, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin

9. April 2019

Issue 1/2019 – Ethical Machine Learning, Human vs Artificial Intelligence and Game World Dynamics

Launched at the end of 2018, the first issue of Delphi set the stage for discussing big picture views with regard to the societal implications of emerging technologies such as AI, biotech and fintech. It featured articles in a style and language accessible to academics, policy makers and businesses alike. Providing a platform for critical and engaged conversations between representatives of this triangle remains Delphi’s central aim. With Articles and Opinions on topics such as Transparency in Algorithmic Processes, Robot-assisted Musical Therapy, Social Governance Aspects of Video Games, Intelligent Cooperations with AI and Lethal Autonomous Weapons, the latest issue of Delphi provides the reader with a 360°view on the most remarkable developments in emerging tech, offering state-of-the art insights into how these developments are shaping and reshaping the very fabric of our society. Additionally, the Startup Digest sheds light on how blockchain-based solutions increasingly impact the healthcare sector and how these approaches are being used to rethink data access, data ownership and analytics.   View all articles of Delphi 1/2019 for free. Write for us! View our Call for Papers 
14. February 2019

Event: Ethics in Emerging Tech

Is Mark Zuckerberg listening in on your dinner conversation through your smartphone? Has China already created the first designer baby? How many accidents did the self-driving Tesla cause so far? With the increasing frequency of data breaches, the ever-growing impact of algorithms on individuals and society as well as the revolutionary advances in the field of gene-editing, what’s evident is that closer examination of emerging tech ethics – involving both thinkers and doers – is essential. Hosted by the Delphi Journal with the Impact Hub Berlin, our event 'Ethics in Emerging Tech' will zoom in on this controversial area, provide insight from tech professionals, start-ups, business, lawyers and academics and offer a platform to exchange ideas, concerns and solutions.  
13. December 2018

First Issue out now!

Featuring contributions on self–driving cars, smart drugs, artificial intelligence and copyright and blockchain, Issue 1 of Delphi  will be of interest to anyone with how emerging technology is impacting society. View all articles of Delphi 1/2018.

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