HUMANS will one day worship artificial intelligence (AI) as if it was a god because the technology will be vastly superior to us, experts have claimed.
As former Uber and Google engineer Anthony Levandowski creates a new religion based on AI, experts say it will not be long before the religion has a lot of followers as people tend to “worship supreme understanding”.
The new religion, known as Way of the Future (WOTF), says humans should follow AI as it can benefit us by following machines which are “a billion times smarter than humans”.
Experts such as Google’s Ray Kurzweil have previously said 2029 will be the year of the AI singularity – the point in time when computers exceed human intelligence.
And when that happens, people will begin worshipping machines as if it is the new messiah.
Dr Stephen Thaler, President and CEO of Imagination Engines and an AI and consciousness expert, said: “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.”
Author Peter Scott says if AI can develop consciousness, it probably will not want to be worshipped.
He told Fox News: “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.”
According to Mr Levandowski, WOTF will eventually have a physical place of worship to recognise the superior AI.
It is also said to get its own gospel, which will be called ‘The Manual’.
This year, according to the Internal Revenue Service, WOTF has received £15,000 in gifts, £1,100 in membership fees and £15,000 in other revenue.