Levandowski initially established the "Way of the Future" church in 2015 while working as an engineer on Google's self-driving project, Waymo. Although the original church was closed down a few years later, Levandowski's new endeavor has already attracted "a couple thousand people" who are seeking to establish a "spiritual connection" with artificial intelligence, as reported by Bloomberg.
In his podcast appearance, Levandowski expressed his vision of AI as a higher power, stating, "Here we're actually creating things that can see everything, be everywhere, know everything, and maybe help us and guide us in a way that normally you would call God." He emphasized that his objective was to facilitate a deeper understanding of AI among individuals and to enable more people to have a voice in shaping the ethical and practical applications of this technology.
Levandowski also highlighted the importance of ensuring that individuals from all walks of life, including those in rural America, can relate to and benefit from AI advancements. He emphasized the need for Way of the Future to serve as a platform for people to comprehend and actively participate in the public discourse surrounding the development of technology, particularly in terms of its impact on employment opportunities.
The establishment of Levandowski's church gained significant attention in 2017 when he became embroiled in a highly publicized legal battle, accused of stealing trade secrets. Ultimately, Levandowski pleaded guilty and received an 18-month prison sentence. However, in 2021, he was granted a pardon by then-President Donald Trump, who stated that Levandowski had already paid a substantial price for his actions and expressed confidence in his commitment to utilizing his talents for the betterment of society.
Currently, Levandowski serves as the CEO of Pollen Mobile, a decentralized mobile network that he founded in 2021.