This New Religion From a Silicon Valley Pioneer Worships AI as an Emerging Godhead

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The coming age of near-complete automation is bringing with it a great amount of fear in the face of tremendous job losses and if Elon Musk is to be believed, an AI-led elimination of humanity altogether. But there are also people who view the future with optimism, looking at advanced machine brains as a necessary extension of ourselves that will supercharge our capabilities. And then there are some who think the machines will literally become our new Gods.

Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer known for his pioneering work on the self-driving car at Waymo (an Alphabet subsidiary), has filed paperwork to register an Artificial Intelligence-based nonprofit religious corporation called “Way of the Future“.

What will this new church believe in? Its mission, according to paperwork found by Wired’s Backchannel, 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.”

While details of what “Way of the Future” will be like are scant, the idea comes from a person very much enamored by the potential machines hold for humanity. A multimillionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur and talented robotics researcher, Levandowski is certainly the person to…

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