dedicated to sharing alternative news and views from around the world
Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church.
The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May name Levandowski as the leader (or “Dean”) of the new religion, as well as CEO of the nonprofit corporation formed to run it.
The documents state that WOTF’s activities will focus on “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” That includes funding research to help create the divine AI itself. The religion will seek to build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership through community outreach, initially targeting AI professionals and “laypersons who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.” The filings also say that the church “plans to conduct workshops and educational programs throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area beginning this year.”
That timeline may be overly ambitious, given that the Waymo-Uber suit, in which Levandowski is accused of stealing self-driving car secrets, is set for an early December trial. But the Dean of the Way of the Future, who spoke last week with Backchannel in his first comments about the new religion and his only public interview since Waymo filed its suit in February, says he’s dead serious about the project.
“What is going to be created will effectively be a god,” Levandowski tells me in his modest mid-century home on the outskirts of Berkeley, California. “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?”
Read more @ Wired
Anthony Levandowski -- a former Googler famous for building the company's self-driving car -- has set up a non-profit religious corporation called Way of the Future. The founding of the "church" has just been unearthed by Wired through state filings in California.
The purpose of the Way of the Future is to "develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society."
It's not entirely clear what form Levandowski's AI deity might take. It could be a robot, or little more than an ethereal piece of software. Quite how one goes about worshipping such an entity is also unclear, as is exactly what is meant by the "betterment of society."
Way of the Future dates back to 2015, pre-dating Levandowski's firing from Uber after the firm bought his autonomous trucking company Otto in 2016. Wired has made a request for IRS documentation relating to the religious organization, but this has yet to be provided.
Artificial intelligence has been readily embraced by all of the technology companies in Silicon Valley, and the relentless march towards "the singularity" -- a time when computers become more intelligent than humans -- has sparked fears of a "Rise of the Machines"-style uprising.
Are you ready to get down on your knees before a robot god?
People already worship their electronic devices so it won't be too hard to convince them the AI God is in them and it figures that it will start in wacko land CA.
So true Byron.. it won't take long to convince them to bend a knee in worship to the talking Idol.
here's what is recently being worked on in the DC capital and in fact was planned to be exhibited this month!
Nope, jut did some follow up and the Park Service denied their permit, lol
Better than the satanic Arch of Baal. but not by much.
ok so...man is going to create an AI god ... then center a religion around a man made artificial god? Slapping the creator in the face never seemed like a great idea to me...*.face palm* Nothing unusual to see here folks! Pay no attention to the luciferians lurking behind the curtain...just obey them and ask no questions...its all because the really care about your afterlife...right?
The facade of calm will not remain in place forever.
I think we are on the verge of massive change right now people are starting to wake from their Trance. The old and the young are being killed off right in front of our faces. I spend way too much time trying to avoid the things that are poisoning my world and most don't even know about it. Everyday I wonder how we have lived this long.