Anthony Levandowski will be firmly on the side of the machines. In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. 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.”
documents filed with California show that Levandowski is Way of the Future’s CEO and President, and that it aims “through understanding and worship of the Godhead, [to] contribute to the betterment of society.”
There are grave allegations pending Levandowski’s head, and this profile by Wired is all but positive. It would be unfortunate for transhumanism, as an intellectual movement, if those claims end up substantiated.
Right now, the press is giving too much religious emphasis to transhumanism without merit. But I eventually expect some speculators to try and turn it into an actual religion for pure speculation.