Anthony Levandowski, the engineer behind Google’s self-driving car program, has created a bit of a stir by founding a religious organization.
He hopes to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”
Levandowski created the group, The Way of the Future, in 2015, but it has been generally unreported until now.
The article stated:
“…A divine AI may still be far off, but Levandowski has made a start at providing AI with an earthly incarnation… Levandowski has done perhaps more than anyone else to propel transportation toward its own Singularity, a time when automated cars, trucks and aircraft either free us from the danger and drudgery of human operation — or decimate mass transit, encourage urban sprawl, and enable deadly bugs and hacks…”
“…Some religious scholars see artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity. Elon Musk has been especially vocal lately, famously comparing work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and warning time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity. I’m sure a few sermons from Father Anthony from the Way of the Future would set Brother Elon on the right path….”
SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, Elon Musk quipped at the new religion yesterday, saying, “Just another day in the office.”
Almost every society in existence and has ever existed has had a form of religion at its core, controlling the societal status-quo. Until now they have all been based on made up myths, legends and hearsay or even more basic things such as the natural elements – the rain, wind or sun.
This new religion really is a different kettle of fish and worships something tangeable and real – something that we created… something that can actually affect things in the real world.
The world is taking note and will no doubt be casting a beady eye on the new religious group.