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Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence ‘Potentially More Dangerous Than Nukes’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (L) sits with guests inside the Dragon V2 spacecraft after it was unveiled in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Thursday unveiled an upgraded passenger version of the Dragon cargo ship NASA buys for resupply runs to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY) - RTR3RGLV SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (L) sits with guests inside the Dragon V2 spacecraft after it was unveiled in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Thursday unveiled an upgraded passenger version of the Dragon cargo ship NASA buys for resupply runs to the International Space Station. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY) - RTR3RGLV  

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk amped up his warning against a Terminator-style apocalypse on Twitter last weekend by telling followers that artificial intelligence could be ”potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

In a follow-up tweet the Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity founder referenced a book by Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.”

“Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence?” the book’s Amazon description reads. “Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.”

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This isn’t the first time Musk has put his mouth or his money into the debate over AI — during a CNBC interview earlier this summer Musk said he had invested in multiple AI startups for the sole purpose of tracking their progress, and that movies “like ‘Terminator’” have already imagined the potential danger posed by the tech.

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