Elon Musk and Other Tech Titans Create Company to Develop Artificial Intelligence

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Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors.

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Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and other technology entrepreneurs are betting that talented researchers, provided enough freedom and money, can develop artificial intelligence systems as advanced as those being built by the sprawling teams at Google, Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Along the way, they’d like to save humanity from oblivion.

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