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20 books Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants you to read
Tesla and SpaceX CEO
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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
“This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness—on Earth and beyond,” Musk said about the book.
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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how,” is how Musk described the book written by one of the most successful VCs in Silicon Valley.
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Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure by William Bolitho
“It’s really quite good,” Musk said about the book.
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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
“Highly recommend anything by Sean Carroll”. Clearly, Musk is a fan of Carroll’s writings.
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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
Worth reading…. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes, said Musk about the book in one of his tweets.
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Lying by Sam Harris
“Read “Lying”, the new book by my friend Sam Harris. Excellent cover art and lots of good reasons not to lie!,” is what Musk said about this book.
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Screw Business as Usual by Richard Branson
Liked “Screw Business as Usual” a lot. This approach should be taken to heart by all, as it really is the smart move, Musk said while recommending the book.
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
“Very appealing if you’re a sophomore in college. It’s a counterpoint to communism and useful as such, but should be tempered with kindness,” said Musk about Rand’s other most popular book after The Fountainhead.
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Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Daemon is a great read is how Musk described this book.
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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway
“Worth reading Merchants of Doubt. Same who tried to deny smoking deaths r denying climate change” [sic].
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The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
“Read Das Kapital when I was 14, incl cross-checking English translation of original German. Adam Smith FTW obv. Ironically, future automation will naturally lead to greater equality of consumption. Monopolies are true enemy of people. Competing to serve is good.” [sic.]
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Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John Drury Clark
Ignition is one of Elon Musk’s favorite books on space.
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Das Kapital by Karl Marx
“Read Das Kapital when I was 14, incl cross-checking English translation of original German. Adam Smith FTW obv. Ironically, future automation will naturally lead to greater equality of consumption. Monopolies are true enemy of people. Competing to serve is good.”, said Musk in a tweet.
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … Where Is Everybody?: Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life by Stephen Webb
“Great book. Read it when it came out.”, said Musk about the book in his tweet.
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Dune by Frank Herbert
“Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.”, said Musk in a tweet.
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
“Heinlein’s MiaHM” is one of Elon Musk’s favorite books on space.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“I love Douglas Adams! My favorite spaceship ever is in HHGTTG,” said Musk in a tweet about this iconic book.
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Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
“Am reading a great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. Highly recommended.”, said Musk in a tweet.
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Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks
“Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.” Another book recommended by Musk.
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The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
“Foundation Series & Zeroth Law are fundamental to creation of SpaceX,” said Musk about the legendary writer’s series of books.