If you think back a few weeks you may recall the story about a man who’s trying to build an artificial intelligence (AI) god.
For reasons known only to himself (though I suspect some kind of cash-generating angle is involved) former Google employee Anthony Levandowski has declared his intentions to build an AI deity for folk to worship, and, who knows, perhaps throw money at.
So far, so silly, and American, but now committed tweeter Elon Musk has got involved, tweeting that Levandowski should be ‘On the list of people who should absolutely *not* be allowed to develop digital superintelligence’.
Excellent, some plot-thickening: seems these two have some history.
In 2015, Levandowski set up, or registered, or whatever you have to do to create a new dogma, a religion called Way of the Future. After leaving Google, the would-be god-birther created a driverless lorry firm, Otto, which was later bought by Uber – which later sacked Levandowski after allegations he stole some of his self-driving ideas from Google.
Musk, who believes we live in a simulated universe so one wonders why he cares about anything, has invested heavily in self-driving vehicle technology himself, so perhaps that’s the source of his animosity towards poor old Mr Levandowski, who, after all, merely wants to build a spiritual robot that will control humanity.
Things get dafter every day, don’t they? And that’s fine with me.
Anyhow, here’s The Way of the Future’s not-at-all-creepy mission statement: ‘To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.’