'It might be tempting to crack jokes about today’s smartphone-obsessed youth seeming to worship their devices, but for one man, the concept of technology as a deity is reaching disturbing heights.
Former Google executive Anthony Levandowski has filed IRS paperwork to establish an official religion devoted to technology. Not only will this bizarre religion worship scientific progress, but it will also worship artificial intelligence and create a “godhead.”
According to his filing, this new non-profit religious organization, which will be known as “Way of the Future,” will “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead [to] contribute to the betterment of society.”
The papers show Levandowski as the “dean,” or leader, of the new religion and the CEO of a nonprofit corporation that he has set up for the purposes of running it.
According to the Way of the Future’s website, the goal is creating a respectful and peaceful transition from humans being in charge of the planet to humans and machines governing it together. It will also fund research that will help to create the “divine AI.”
The site goes on to explain that as technology gets closer to being able to surpass the abilities of humans, the church wants to educate people and ease the transition to this new way of being, adding: “In ‘recent’ years, we have expanded our concept of rights to both sexes, minority groups and even animals, let’s make sure we find a way for ‘machines’ to get rights too.” Maybe he wants people to be able to marry their computers?'
Read more: Former Google bigwig launches AI 'church' that positions technology as GOD
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