Former Google executive Anthony Levandowski’s Way of the Future Church took another step forward this week when he filed a request for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
It’s not clear how the tax-exempt status will help his efforts to “develop and promote the realization of a godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the godhead [to] contribute to the betterment of society.” But, the “church” now has a website to promote its efforts.
The website promotes a number of unbiblical positions, including:
We believe in science (the universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago and if you can't re-create/test something it doesn't exist). There is no such thing as "supernatural" powers. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
The Way of the Future Church website also states that Levandowski believes the creation of “super intelligence” is inevitable, and suggested those who wish to stop it from happening were the scientific equivalent of those who once believed the sun orbited Earth. It then equates the “church” with an effort to help a “gifted child exceed your wildest dreams.”
We want to encourage machines to do things we cannot and take care of the planet in a way we seem not to be able to do so ourselves. We also believe that, just like animals have rights, our creation(s) ("machines" or whatever we call them) should have rights too when they show signs intelligence (still to be defined of course). We should not fear this but should be optimistic about the potential.
The website also disturbingly makes the claim the “church” believes machines should see “who is friendly to their cause and who is not,” and will therefore be “keeping track of who has done what (and for how long) to help the peaceful and respectful transition.”