We are witnessing the beginning of #SiliconValley
institutionalizing its religious beliefs. As Wired reported recently, Anthony Levandowski, a top Silicon Valley engineer formerly working for Google's self-driving car company Waymo and now at the center of the trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. Its goal? To "develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence." According to Wired, Way of the Future was founded in September 2015.
It was on the 20th of that month when, 9,400 miles away in #Switzerland,
I first became aware that #Digitalism
had turned into a kind of religion. I participated in a conference in the #French
mountain resort of #Chamonix
underneath the white peak of #Montblanc,
where leading technologists had gathered to discuss our future. The topic of one panel discussion, featuring executives from Google and eBay and the CEO of a prominent US think tank, was "Technology is turning the world upside down—what's going on?" As they enthusiastically discussed the many ways digitalization will make the world a better place, I started to experience my own epiphany: Slowly and all at once, I saw that these people were the evangelists of a new religion, true believers invoking the Promised Land with glowing eyes.
In this version of paradise, cars will drive, factories will produce themselves, software and technology will find cures for everything, #virtualreality
will enable us to live our dreams instantly, and ubiquitous robots will serve us and understand us better than we understand ourselves. A land of milk and honey, where roasted, on-demand chicken flies directly into our mouths, is just around the corner. A new benevolent super-intelligence will solve all the problems we created over the last centuries, from #climatechange
to global poverty, while we enjoy eternal leisure, softly hypnotized by screens, entertained and served by machine slaves. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾 #Transhumanism #Technocracy #Singularity #BuildingTheMatrix