by Travis Mateer
Over the weekend I came across one of the most concerning articles I’ve read in quite some time about how deeply we’ve already fallen to technological enslavement, begging the question: is too late to kill Aladdin?
Here’s an screenshot from the link about the AI that already controls the world economy:
I strongly suggest going to the link and reading the whole piece to find out for yourself how beholden your life already is to this man-made technological monster.
Living in a sci-fi dystopia where nerd-culture has ascended to the high priests of a new religion is not the kind of future I’m willing to passively accept. Will you accept this future? Because the nerds have ALREADY begun pedestaling their AI creations as gods of their new religion.
If you don’t believe me, this Wired article from 2017 takes you inside the first church of artificial intelligence. From the link:
ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church.
The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May name Levandowski as the leader (or “Dean”) of the new religion, as well as CEO of the nonprofit corporation formed to run it.
The documents state that WOTF’s activities will focus on “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” That includes funding research to help create the divine AI itself. The religion will seek to build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership through community outreach, initially targeting AI professionals and “laypersons who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.” The filings also say that the church “plans to conduct workshops and educational programs throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area beginning this year.”
If technology hadn’t already metastasized to the point of deeply ensnaring the upcoming generation, grooming them for the predations of tech-fantasies like Zuck’s Metaverse, then I’d laugh at these Silicon Valley psychos eagerly venerating their new Godhead. But if the pandemic taught me anything, it’s how dedicated these psychopaths are at getting their tentacles into their brain-spaces of our children.
But in the rush to control markets and enrich themselves, has Fink and his ilk set us on the path to technological enslavement? Here’s another screenshot from the first article:
If Aladdin is like oxygen to these unhinged money conjurers, then it sounds like a great opportunity to pull the plug and snuff out a serious drag on humanity. The problem is I think we’re past that point. And that makes worshippers of the new Godhead, like Anthony Levandowski, very excited.
Levandowski believes that a change is coming—a change that will transform every aspect of human existence, disrupting employment, leisure, religion, the economy, and possibly decide our very survival as a species.
“If you ask people whether a computer can be smarter than a human, 99.9 percent will say that’s science fiction,” he says. “ Actually, it’s inevitable. It’s guaranteed to happen.”
How about no? Just no. Seriously. Before it really is too late.
Thanks for reading, humans!