The most popular of all progress phrases is about the toothpaste that you can’t get back in the tube. If you follow the debates artificial intelligence (KI), it seems more like someone with a bang climbed onto a whole box of dental care products. The new AI technology is now sticking everywhere in digital space. And who has to clean it up again? The civil society. Can she do that at all? And should she? Who can currently protect themselves from the effects of AI that even those who build such systems cannot assess? And how?