Founded by former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, the new AI “church” views the super computer robot as a supreme being, where people worship at its feet, according to Daily Star.
John Mitchell, a lawyer and AI expert, agrees that such a “church” will be successful because humans tend to “worship supreme understanding.” He asserts that the compulsion to worship the AI will come from the human drive to worship God.
“We [believe] there must be some higher power that causes lightning, sunsets, and crashing waves — or at least speaks to the bottom of our beings, rather than ignore them as ho-hum background,” says Mitchell.
Dr. Stephen Thaler, the president and CEO of Imagination Engines, believes that worshipping such a machine will allow people to solve some of society’s broader problems.
“An AI would provide the equivalent of a ‘Messiah’ — having many orders of magnitude more processing elements than the brain, enabling it to gift us with solutions to the most daunting social, political, economic, and environmental challenges,” he said.
However, others assert that the AI will be so intelligent that it will rationally understand that there is no need to worship it.
“I would expect the AIs that evolve in the next 50 years to be very rational and, if conscious, not want to be worshipped,” author and consultant Peter Scott said. “If they have the human race’s best interests at heart (and God help us if they don’t) then they would want us to have as much right of self-determination as possible.”
“The Way of the Future” founder sees his super-computer “god” as one which “is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human.”
According to Futurism, “The Way of the Future” will even have its own gospel called “The Manual,” public worship ceremonies, and probably a physical place of worship.