Anthony Levandowski, the founder of self-driving Google cars and Otto trucks wants to “promote the realisation of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence. Levandowski has established “Way of the Future”, a non-profit religious corporation that worships this Godhead. A friend said that Levandowski “had this very weird motivation about robots taking over the world—like actually taking over, in a military sense. It was like [he wanted] to be able to control the world.” Artificial intelligence is feared by scientists and technology gurus like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Silicon Valley sees the singularity – when robots or AI surpass human intelligence – to be not too far off.
On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.” The title is based on a subtitle taken from the book Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julián Carrón, President of Communion and Liberation, which co-sponsored the event. The event – as well as the book – aimed to address the root causes of prevalent social issues, as well as to promote dialogue and the culture of encounter necessary to resolve them.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will conduct a Multicultural Seminar in Toowoomba on Tuesday 24 October 2017. The University is particularly active in developing and sustaining social harmony and cohesion through engagement with local multicultural and multi-faith education.
ICAN is a Melbourne-based organisation which has engaged with faith and interfaith groups on many occasion over these many years. They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday last, 6 October 2017. They are extremely humbled and cheered by this prize.
MELBOURNE: Wed, 11 October 2017: representatives of Victoria’s leading religions gathered on the steps of Parliament to deliver a joint statement to Deputy Premier, James Merlino, regarding the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.
The ‘Multifaith Statement’ is signed by Sheikh Isse Abdo Musse (President, Board of Imams Victoria), Phra Khru Kampee-panya-withet (Abbot, Melbourne Thai Buddhist Temple), Makarand Bhagwat (Victorian Director, Hindu Council of Australia), Rabbi Daniel Rabin (President, Rabbinical Council of Victoria), Jasbir Singh Suropada (Chairman, Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria) and Bishop Peter Danaher (President, Victorian Council of Churches).
The Bendigo Interfaith Council will conduct a Tour to Places of Worship around City of Greater Bendigo on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 11am to 4pm.
The Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of Victoria and Tasmania) invites you to a Resilient Women Forum on Friday 20 October 2017 at Lynbrook.