The present continues to take inspiration from science-fiction author Isaac Asimov’s visions of the future. In “The Last Question,” Asimov conceived of an artificial intelligence project known as Multivac. Its purpose was to solve for the inevitable heat death of the universe, but in the end, it becomes that answer.
Levandowski seems to have taken that story very closely to heart. His newly founded Way of the Future organization, whose filings were first uncovered by Wired, exists to “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.”
Yes, you read that right. To quote Wired’s Mark Harris, “God is a bot, and Anthony Levandowski is his messenger.” At least, that is the plan. more …
Opinion: Using a Biblical lens, news articles like this one possibly give us a glimpse of what the Apostle John wrote about near the end of the 1st century. What is fascinating is that when I use my reference library of Bible scholars who have graduated to eternity prior to the technology revolution, their explanations often seem as antiquated as those of John.
Example: Revelation 13:14 “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.’
The he in this passage is the 2nd person of the demonic trinity who “exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Rev 13:12
Dr. Walvoord could not have imagined the advances in artificial intelligence any more than we can imagine what AI will be capable of in just a few short years from now.