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Engineer hopes to build an AI ‘god’ with its very own religion.

The concept of an AI “god” may seem outlandish, but a former Google and Uber engineer is touting the idea of a high-tech “deity” as a way to improve society. Think about how much we depend on Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa today. We ask the AI bot for directions, to check on the weather,...
Time: 13:35     Date: 06.12.2017
World Tech News: Engineer hopes to build an AI ‘god’ with its very own religion. NY Post 24 - US News

Think about how much we depend on Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa today. We ask the AI bot for directions, to check on the weather, and to dim the lights in our house. Few of us know the complex engineering required to make this happen, we just trust it will work.

By 2029, computers will reach human levels of intelligence, according to one theory. In fact, Google already uses a bot called the Assistant that can answer just about any web-search related inquiry. Could what we trust and rely on so heavily on a daily basis evolve into a “religion” or a cult?

A well-known engineer who worked at Google and Uber named Anthony Levandowski has founded a new AI-based religion called Way of the Future. The charter? To worship and understand “the Godhead” for the betterment of society.

At least one expert suggested the idea of an AI godhead might be overblown, however.

“The recent coverage of AI as a single, unified power is a predictable upshot of a self-aggrandizing Silicon Valley culture that believes it can summon a Godhead,” says Thomas Arnold, a research associate at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory.

According to Arnold, the idea of an AI religion is really more about the tech elite thinking they can summon a religion from “whole cloth” — similar to how the industry thinks one single app can be transcendent in society or life-changing in some way. Instead, he argues that the cold and impractical nature of technology is not exactly a match made in heaven.

“The ideas of mourning, loss, tragedy, social justice, and larger responsibilities to a neighbor — which the world religious tradition have gradually developed resources to accommodate, reflect upon, and offer rich re-framings thereof — are largely dispensed with in the AI as religion evocations,” he says. God only knows if anyone will worship an AI that’s so sterile.

An AI could write a bible for how to live and expect humans to become subservient. It’s one reason Elon Musk has decried the dangers of AI, saying superintelligence is more dangerous than North Korean nukes. Musk has slammed the concept of an AI “god.”

Nonetheless, AI is clearly extending its reach into society. A podcaster named Rose Eveleth helped create an algorithm that wrote an AI bible gathered from sacred writings. It’s a remarkable exercise, even though the result is mostly gibberish. Whether that really matters is open to debate, according to the experts.

“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,” says Dr. Stephen Thaler, the president and CEO of Imagination Engines who is an AI and consciousness expert.

Seminary grad and lawyer John Mitchell says humans have a tendency to “worship supreme understanding” — and that applies to AI. “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,” he says, suggesting the same thing could happen with AI or that AI could help us understand religion better.

Of course, a superintelligent AI would likely not want to be worshipped, preferring to merely guide humanity in ways that we perceive as being (mostly) helpful.

“I would expect the AIs that evolve in the next 50 years to be very rational and, if conscious, not want to be worshipped. 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,” says book author and computer consultant Peter Scott.

Tech

World Tech News: How to delete all the places Google knows you’ve been. NY Post 24 - US News
How to delete all the places Google knows you’ve been.
Even if “Location History” is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location. Here are some things...
World Tech News: New Chrome feature could speed up the entire internet. NY Post 24 - US News
New Chrome feature could speed up the entire internet.
Google’s Chrome browser is the most popular web browser on the planet by a massive margin. According to market research...
World Tech News: It’s not your imagination — robocalls are on the rise. NY Post 24 - US News
It’s not your imagination — robocalls are on the rise.
Robocalls — those annoying, automated spam and scam messages — are on the rise. So far in 2018, more than 16.3 billion...
World Tech News: Anti-Facebook site launches despite legal threats. NY Post 24 - US News
Anti-Facebook site launches despite legal threats.
FacebookZoo — a new, anti-Facebook blogging site — went live on Tuesday despite threats from Facebook’s legal team....

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left. NY Post 24 - US News
New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left.
Mother always said it’s not nice to laugh while others cry, but there are exceptions. One is on display now in New York....
Last US News - Opinion: The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops. NY Post 24 - US News
The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops.
What happens when the police want to help, but the mental-health system won’t let them? Last week, a 22-year-old Washington...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care.
Democrats are trying to ban low-cost health insurance that covers less than ObamaCare. They claim they’re protecting the...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp.
During a visit to the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Cuomo recalled retrieving a feather that was shed by an eagle that “swooped...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo only agrees to debate when cards are stacked in his favor. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo only agrees to debate when cards are stacked in his favor.
For all his campaign ads painting him as a fearless warrior taking on President Trump, Gov. Cuomo is apparently afraid to...

Living

US Living News: School workers donate their sick days to cancer-stricken teacher who ran out. NY Post 24 - US News
School workers donate their sick days to cancer-stricken teacher who ran out.
A Florida public school teacher battling colon cancer ran out of paid sick days — that is, until a viral Facebook post...
US Living News: Oldest ever flying reptile discovered in Utah. NY Post 24 - US News
Oldest ever flying reptile discovered in Utah.
Over the decades, Utah has proven to be a real hotspot for fossil hunters and it just yielded yet another amazing find. There...
US Living News: 6-year-old orders herself $350 worth of toys on Amazon Prime. NY Post 24 - US News
6-year-old orders herself $350 worth of toys on Amazon Prime.
Kids these days. Anyone who’s ever gone on an Amazon shopping spree understands the allure of the one-click buying option...
US Living News: Winemakers say mildew attack is ruining their harvest. NY Post 24 - US News
Winemakers say mildew attack is ruining their harvest.
A French winemaker has lost between 15 to 20 percent of his harvest thanks to an extreme “attack of mildew,” he says....
US Living News: Sleep deprivation can make people less attractive: study. NY Post 24 - US News
Sleep deprivation can make people less attractive: study.
Not getting enough sleep can turn people into social lepers, a study suggests. Scientists found it makes men and women appear...
US Living News: Inside NYC’s most dramatic restaurant wars. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside NYC’s most dramatic restaurant wars.
There are tens of thousands of restaurants and bars in New York City and its surrounding areas, but not all of them get along...
US Living News: Tourists terrorizing Barcelona by urinating all over the place. NY Post 24 - US News
Tourists terrorizing Barcelona by urinating all over the place.
Barcelona locals are fed up with the disruption that tourists are bringing to the city – in the form of urine-soaked streets,...
US Living News: Ladies, you’re not crazy — men really do lose weight faster. NY Post 24 - US News
Ladies, you’re not crazy — men really do lose weight faster.
Ladies, you’re not imagining things: Men really do lose weight faster. After two months on a low-calorie diet, men lost...

Business

Last US Business News: Empire Resorts loses $58 million in first five months of business. NY Post 24 - US News
Empire Resorts loses $58 million in first five months of business.
The state’s largest new casino has rolled craps — losing $58 million in its first five months of operation, according...
Last US Business News: Eddie Lampert offers to buy Kenmore for $400 million. NY Post 24 - US News
Eddie Lampert offers to buy Kenmore for $400 million.
A hedge fund owned by the chief executive of Sears Holdings, Edward Lampert, has offered to buy the company’s Kenmore appliances...
Last US Business News: MoviePass discloses quarterly loss of $127 million. NY Post 24 - US News
MoviePass discloses quarterly loss of $127 million.
It’s not the birthday present that MoviePass wanted. On the one year anniversary of MoviePass slashing its prices, shares...
Last US Business News: Walmart is launching an Ellen DeGeneres fashion line. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart is launching an Ellen DeGeneres fashion line.
Walmart said on Wednesday that it would tie up with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a women’s fashion...
Last US Business News: Corona brewer pours $4 billion into Canadian pot grower. NY Post 24 - US News
Corona brewer pours $4 billion into Canadian pot grower.
Corona beer maker Constellation Brands will invest a further $4 billion in Canada’s top cannabis producer Canopy Growth,...
Last US Business News: Macy’s reports surprise sales increase, but stock falls. NY Post 24 - US News
Macy’s reports surprise sales increase, but stock falls.
Macy’s on Wednesday reported a surprise rise in quarterly same-store sales, topping estimates for the third straight quarter,...
Last US Business News: Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway increased Apple stake by nearly 5 percent. NY Post 24 - US News
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway increased Apple stake by nearly 5 percent.
They don’t call Warren Buffett the Oracle of Omaha for nothing. Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in Apple...
Last US Business News: Charting MoviePass’ stunning rise and swift downfall. NY Post 24 - US News
Charting MoviePass’ stunning rise and swift downfall.
MoviePass honchos Mitch Lowe and Ted Farnsworth are still trying to break the moviegoing business model. So far, though,...

Metro

Metro News: Empire Resorts loses $58 million in first five months of business. NY Post 24 - US News
Empire Resorts loses $58 million in first five months of business.
The state’s largest new casino has rolled craps — losing $58 million in its first five months of operation, according...
Metro News: Cops release sketch of unidentified man found floating near bridge. NY Post 24 - US News
Cops release sketch of unidentified man found floating near bridge.
Police on Wednesday released a sketch of a still-unidentified man found floating in the waters near the Verrazano Bridge,...
Metro News: De Blasio unfazed by long lines of drivers trying to get Uber licenses. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio unfazed by long lines of drivers trying to get Uber licenses.
Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday said the long lines of drivers trying to get last-minute Uber licenses a day earlier didn’t...
Metro News: ‘Kayak killer’ settles with victim’s family after serving prison time. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Kayak killer’ settles with victim’s family after serving prison time.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — A lawsuit settlement has been reached in a New York kayak drowning after the victim’s fiancee...
Metro News: Homeless man hiding under truck run over in Queens. NY Post 24 - US News
Homeless man hiding under truck run over in Queens.
A homeless man was killed on Tuesday when a truck he was lying under pulled out of a parking spot in Queens, sources said....
Metro News: Small donors would have huge say under de Blasio commission proposal. NY Post 24 - US News
Small donors would have huge say under de Blasio commission proposal.
Small donors would become big campaign players under a proposal Tuesday by the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission, which...
Metro News: Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap. NY Post 24 - US News
Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap.
Kazi Arefin braved lines and crowds to register his car for Uber because he was tired of making money for other people. The...
Metro News: Man suing doctor asks judge to keep his penis pics sealed from public record. NY Post 24 - US News
Man suing doctor asks judge to keep his penis pics sealed from public record.
He had a fool for a client — and it left him totally exposed. An East Village man acted as his own lawyer when he filed...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Ben Simmons is next 76er thinking radical shooting change. NY Post 24 - US News
Ben Simmons is next 76er thinking radical shooting change.
If Ben Simmons can ever truly develop his jump shot, it might come with his right hand. The 76ers rising star could switch...
Last US Sport News: You won’t see Bob Ley on ESPN for six months. NY Post 24 - US News
You won’t see Bob Ley on ESPN for six months.
ESPN’s longest-tenured employee needs a break. Emmy Award-winning sports anchor Bob Ley has requested and been granted...
Last US Sport News: Here’s what it looks like when an NFL player demands a trade. NY Post 24 - US News
Here’s what it looks like when an NFL player demands a trade.
Ask and you shall receive. Before being dealt to the Bills earlier this month, receiver Corey Coleman asked Hue Jackson to...
Last US Sport News: Ex-NASCAR star must pay $1 for secretly recording ex-wife. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NASCAR star must pay $1 for secretly recording ex-wife.
Former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle must reportedly pay his ex-wife $1 after a jury on Monday found that he did “intrude offensively...
Last US Sport News: Dan Marino’s son arrested for DUI, had ‘slurred’ speech: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Dan Marino’s son arrested for DUI, had ‘slurred’ speech: cops.
The son of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Dan Marino was arrested for DUI last week in Florida with a blood alcohol content...