Silicon Valley’s Religious Drive (Article)


The bots, our children, do not behave. They have taken over the internet — bots account for more than half of internet traffic — and interfered with our elections. But instead of being unnerved by the bot’s growing power, Anthony Levandowski would like to make one God.

The Silicon Valley engineer, who has been accused by Waymo of trying to steal trade secrets and give them to Uber, “founded a religious organization called Way of the Future,” Wired reported. “Its purpose, according to previously unreported state filings, is nothing less than to ‘develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.’”

Nobody but Levandowski knows if he really believes he can create a Godbot. Considering his obsession with artificial intelligence, it is altogether possible that he does. And while that may seem nuts, people have started religions for stranger reasons. Further, Levandowski’s belief isn’t so strange within the context of Silicon Valley, which has long invested religious hopes in its creations…


Words by Sarah Jones
(Via New Republic)


Curtis was born on the flat lands of Corsicana and raised in the sweaty jungles of Houston. He lives in Austin and can usually be found in the stacks at Central Library or swimming laps at Deep Eddy Pool.

Silicon Valley’s Religious Drive (Article)