Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer convicted of stealing self-driving automobile secrets and techniques, is closing his synthetic intelligence-focused church Method of the Future (WOTF), TechCrunch reports. It’s a considerably inauspicious finish to the church’s purpose of pursuing “the belief, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based mostly on Synthetic Intelligence (AI),” in preparation for the Singularity. Now humanity will probably be left to cope with rampant AI with out the faith’s steering.
Levandowski began the method of shuttering WOTF in June 2020, in keeping with paperwork filed within the state of California discovered by TechCrunch. WOTF by no means had common conferences or a bodily church constructing. The church’s funds, totaling $175,172, have been donated to the NAACP Authorized Protection Fund.
Proudly owning and working an AI church is basically only one piece of the bigger Levandowski story, which The Verge has coated as a part of the legal saga between Uber and Google’s Waymo. Levandowski labored on autonomous automobiles at Google, then began his personal self-driving trucking firm Otto, which he later offered to Uber. In some unspecified time in the future within the journey from Google to Uber, Levandowski took some inner paperwork from the search large, resulting in Google suing Uber in 2017 and settling in 2018. Levandowski was convicted of trade secret theft in 2020.
Levandowski was sentenced to a shortened 18 months in jail to be served following the pandemic, however was pardoned by former President Donald Trump earlier than he left workplace. With Method of the Future a factor of the previous, no jail sentence to serve, and another autonomous driving company to supervise, Levandowski looks as if he can watch for AI to surpass people in relative peace.