[Ed. – This stopped being cute some time ago. Perhaps the moment is coming when they call on their ‘god,’ and see if he answers. Awesomeness bonus points: having an “expert” who can competently address these issues.]
The concept of an AI ‘god’ may seem outlandish, but a former Google and Uber engineer is touting the idea of a hi-tech ‘deity’ as a way to improve society. …
By 2029, computers will reach human levels of intelligence, according to one theory. In fact, Google already uses a bot called the Assistant that can answer just about any web-search related inquiry. Could what we trust and rely on so heavily on a daily basis evolve into a ‘religion’ or a cult?
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-aggrandising Silicon Valley culture that believes it can summon a Godhead,” says Thomas Arnold, a Research Associate at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory.