Anthony Levandowski Bows to No One But His AI God

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Amidst a prominent legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Anthony Levandowski started a new religion.The non-profit devotional organization, dubbed Way of the Future, believes in an artificially intelligent destiny and worships a machine-learning deity.Levandowski in 2015 submitted filings—published last week by Wired—which reveals the group’s objective to “develop and promote the realization of a godhead based on artificial intelligence.”Yep—that sounds super sinister.Details are scant; a Google search for “Way of the Future” (a name straight out of the what-to-call-my-cult book) resulted in nothing but news stories sparked by Wired‘s recent report.California state records name Levandowski as CEO and president of the company which, according to the magazine, has been dodging Internal Revenue Service paperwork for two years.Engineer, entrepreneur, and alleged trade secret thief Levandowski made a name for himself in 2004, when he constructed an autonomous motorcycle for the DARPA Grand Challenge.Before his 30th birthday, Levandowski began work on Google Street View, founded mobile mapping startup 510 Systems, and built a self-driving Toyota Prius.He left Google’s driverless car project last year to launch autonomous truck maker Otto. When the firm was acquired two months later by Uber, he became head of the self-driving vehicle unit.Now, Levandowski is at the heart of a ruthless lawsuit— “his own day of reckoning,” as Wired put it: In February, Waymo sued Uber, claiming the former Google engineer brought proprietary technology with him to Otto.A judge in May rejected a request from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle spin-off, to halt Uber’s self-driving research, but ruled that Levandowski can’t work on any LiDAR-related projects.Waymo is seeking damages of nearly $1.9 billion—almost half of Google’s $4.5 billion valuations of its entire self-driving division, Wired said. Uber, which fired Levandowski in May, denies any wrongdoing. A federal judge in California will hear the case next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more