Here’s some news that’s likely to give Elon Musk a heart attack: a former Google engineer has founded a religious organization that seeks to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”
Levandowski could now become more famous for his nonprofit religious entity, called Way of the Future, which he founded in September 2015.
Wired’s Backchannel discovered previously unreported state filings that reveal the corporation aims “through understanding and worship of the Godhead, [to] contribute to the betterment of society.”
While Way of the Future has yet to submit forms with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to qualify as a tax-exempt religious organization, the documents do show Levandowski as its CEO and president.
AI gods may sound like the stuff of sci-fi, Anime, and computer games, but it’s certainly a concept likely to appeal to the futurists and transhumanists of Silicon Valley more than traditional religions.
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Elon Musk is one CEO unlikely to welcome the move toward self-aware artificial life and the singularity. The Tesla boss views this worship of a robotic god as humanity’s “biggest existential threat” and “more dangerous than North Korea.” as quoted by techspot.
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