Who approves algivists? Depending on the impact of algivists on the daily life of people, we may need regulations concerning their use, similar to regulations concerning autonomous cars. In analogy with medicine, we may need to think about formal approval procedures, as a kind of "FDA approval for algivists" (Tutt, 2017) where algivists first need to be tested in laboratories before they can work in archives. (6) Conclusions In this essay I have done several things. First, I have described a plausible, yet still fictive, future of algivists as algorithmic archivists. Second, I have given the reader an extensive view on the new field of ethics of algorithms which is concerned with the societal impact of intelligent algorithms. Third, I have introduced how ethical thinking has been formalized in archival practices using codes of ethics. Fourth, and most importantly, I have sketched how human codes of ethics could be employed to build algorithmic algivists that will obey our human ethical values, thereby moving from the intended archivist to the intentional algivist. Future research on AI, ethics and archives will bring us the advances algivists promise, but hopefully also gives us tools to maintain high moral standards when incorporating these agents into our lives. At least two sets of questions remain for archivists to answer and for others to study. The first is how the new role of trainer or coach will have an impact on the profession. Instead of appraising documents, they will now "appraise" the behavior of the algivist. How many trainers are needed at some point? How will they become a certified trainer? And will algivists stay a separate profession, or will they merge with other information service machines? The second set of questions is about the long time future. 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