(ANTIMEDIA) — Wired Magazine has discovered that Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer responsible for the high-profile Waymo v. Uber lawsuit, has much loftier hopes for the development of artificial intelligence than just self-driving cars — he wants you to worship it.
According to the state filings, Levandowski established a non-profit religious corporation in September 2015 called Way of the Future. Its stated purpose is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.” The documents list Levandowski as the CEO and president of Way of the Future and state that the religion’s mission is “[t]o 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.”
But Levandowski has his own personal demons to battle before he takes on the world of the supernatural. Google’s self-driving car company Waymo is suing Uber for $2.6 billion, claiming Levandowski stole 14,000 files before leaving Google to begin a startup called Otto, which was then acquired by Uber for $680 million. Levandowski was made head of Uber’s self-driving car project but was subsequently fired after refusing to comply with court orders related to discovery. The disgraced engineer is not a defendant in the case. He opted not to answer questions about the allegations, citing his fifth amendment rights. The trial is expected to begin October 10th.
Way of the Future has not yet submitted the forms required annually by the Internal Revenue Service in order to be recognized as a non-profit religious organization, so it seems we’re safe from being ruled by Deus ex machina — for now.