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No matter you consider about the way forward for AI, there’s most likely a cult on the market for you. Ideological factions have been drawing strains for years they usually every appear to carry pseudoreligious trappings with them. If you happen to consider AI will inevitably kill everybody on the planet you may wish to be part of the MIRI cult. If you happen to consider that AI is harmful however you and your shut private pals are the one individuals good sufficient to manage it, you may slot in with the Efficient Altruist cult. And if you happen to suppose AI is cool and might do no unsuitable, Efficient Accelerationism (e/acc) might be the cult for you.

Like many cults, these teams don’t seek advice from themselves as a faith. Disgraced AI engineer Anthony Levandowski is right here to fill the void. Earlier than he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing commerce secrets and techniques from Google (Donald Trump later pardoned him), Levandowski began Manner of the Future, the primary church of synthetic intelligence.

In 2015, Levandowski envisioned the church as a spot for “the belief, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead primarily based on Synthetic Intelligence (AI) developed by means of laptop {hardware} and software program.” In different phrases, AI will quickly attain the standing of a god and we’ll want a spot to worship it.

Following his high-profile authorized troubles and subsequent exile from the tech trade, Levandowski shut the church down in 2021. However he Is RISEN.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Manner of the Future is again and it has “a pair thousand individuals” amongst its congregation. Pope Levandowsky’s message is rather less mystical this time round, he informed Bloomberg that his church is a mechanism for individuals “to know and take part and form the general public discourse as to how we predict expertise needs to be constructed to enhance you.”


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