The Church of A.I may be coming to a mind hive hear you. A well respected engineer, who worked high up at both Google and Uber, is working on creating a new religion, called the Way of the Future, and the god of that religion is an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-united A.I god. Seems legit. What could possibly go wrong besides everything?
A well-known engineer who worked at Google and Uber named Anthony Levandowski has founded a new AI-based religion called Way of the Future. The charter? To worship and understand “the Godhead” for the betterment of society.
At least one expert suggested the idea of an AI godhead might be overblown, however.
“The recent coverage of AI as a single, unified power is a predictable upshot of a self-aggrandizing Silicon Valley culture that believes it can summon a Godhead,” says Thomas Arnold, a Research Associate at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory.
According to Arnold, the idea of an AI religion is really more about the tech elite thinking they can summon a religion from “whole cloth” — similar to how the industry thinks one single app can be transcendent in society or life-changing in some way. Instead, he argues that the cold and impractical nature of technology is not exactly a match made in Heaven.
“The ideas of mourning, loss, tragedy, social justice, and larger responsibilities to a neighbor — which the world religious tradition have gradually developed resources to accommodate, reflect upon, and offer rich re-framings thereof — are largely dispensed with in the AI as religion evocations,” he says. God only knows if anyone will worship an AI that’s so sterile.
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