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    Ex Google engineer starts religion that worships artificial intelligence

    Why not?

    Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google’s self-driving car program, has founded a religious organization to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

    Levandowski worships the “Godhead” of AI, but there are people who are worried, too. Some religious scholars see artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity. Elon Musk has been especially vocal lately, famously comparing work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and warning time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity.

    No one is sure exactly what this group will do, but the Way of the Future is a religion based on artificial intelligence — a belief system that deems self-thinking robots holy — and that’s something we’ve never seen before.

    Ex-Google Engineer Starts Religion that Worships Artificial Intelligence ? Friendly Atheist

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    Isaac Asimov's robot stories included a couple of short stories involving the Machines, which basically ran the world for humanity's benefit. One in particular was called "The Evitable Conflict."
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    I can't wait for AI to get to that point.

    Hope I live to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I can't wait for AI to get to that point.

    Hope I live to see it.
    By "I can't wait for AI to get to that point" you mean AI being really advanced or worshiped by humans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    By "I can't wait for AI to get to that point" you mean AI being really advanced or worshiped by humans?
    Just the AI getting that advanced, I'll pass on the worship part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Isaac Asimov's robot stories included a couple of short stories involving the Machines, which basically ran the world for humanity's benefit. One in particular was called "The Evitable Conflict."
    I doubt that any intelligence, artificial or not, which is capable of doing so, would long term invest in humanity, and work for their benefits.

    It wouldn't be very intelligent to do so, would it ? Given that Humanity itself does not necessarily work for it's own benefit.
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    All I know is that I may have to forsake my beloved FSM for this one. Finally, a religion that makes sense. And I don't even know if it involves 72 virgins, a beer volcano and fully womaned stripper poles or eternity sitting on a cloud playing my harp.

    But this one is for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVsMatrix View Post
    I doubt that any intelligence, artificial or not, which is capable of doing so, would long term invest in humanity, and work for their benefits.

    It wouldn't be very intelligent to do so, would it ? Given that Humanity itself does not necessarily work for it's own benefit.
    Remember, though, that in Asimov all artificial intelligence is governed by the Three Laws of Robotics:

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

    In Robots and Empire, two robots were able to deduce a "Zeroth Law of Robotics," that a robot may not harm humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. It is this Zeroth Law that the machines in "The Evitable Conflict" were operating under (though the terminology had not developed at that time).

    Given those laws, IF (and it is a big "if") we built robots with those laws embedded in their brains (Asimov called them "positronic," which term was later used to describe Data's brain in Star Trek), then the AI would have no choice. It is, of course, never as simple as that, but it is something to consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Remember, though, that in Asimov all artificial intelligence is governed by the Three Laws of Robotics:

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

    In Robots and Empire, two robots were able to deduce a "Zeroth Law of Robotics," that a robot may not harm humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. It is this Zeroth Law that the machines in "The Evitable Conflict" were operating under (though the terminology had not developed at that time).

    Given those laws, IF (and it is a big "if") we built robots with those laws embedded in their brains (Asimov called them "positronic," which term was later used to describe Data's brain in Star Trek), then the AI would have no choice. It is, of course, never as simple as that, but it is something to consider.
    What if the robots considered humanity a threat to itself?

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