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Elon Musk posts cryptic tweet about the ‘sun of the old world setting in a dying blaze of splendor’ 

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted an outlandish tweet on Monday in which he references the novel The Guns of August, a 500-page book about the early stages of World War I.

Musk, 50, captioned the tweet with the name of the book, written by Barbara Tuchman in 1962, along with the entire first paragraph of the book.

Elon Musk posted a tweet referencing the novel The Guns of August, a 500-page book about the early stages of World War I

Barbara Tuchman's 1962 novel was centered on the first month of the Great War and the opening events of WWI, along with the decisions that led to it. Tuchman's book was an immediate bestseller and earned her a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction

Barbara Tuchman’s 1962 novel was centered on the first month of the Great War and the opening events of WWI, along with the decisions that led to it. Tuchman’s book was an immediate bestseller and earned her a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction

‘The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again,’ so ends the paragraph. 

Tuchman’s book, centered on the first month of the Great War, was an immediate bestseller and earned her a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. 

President John F. Kennedy was so impressed with it that he gave a copy to each member of his cabinet and some of his top military advisors and told them to read it.  

Musk followed up his Guns of August tweet with a tweet referencing Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who served in World War I

Musk followed up his Guns of August tweet with a tweet referencing Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who served in World War I

Musk followed up the Guns of August tweet with another literary reference, referencing Lord of the Rings, writing, ‘Nine rings for mortal men.’

The Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, was shaped in part due to Tolkien’s own experience serving in World War I. 

Several people responded with dogecoin references, given Musk’s penchant for promoting the cryptocurrency, while others wondered if Musk’s tweets were a veiled attempt to warn about a forthcoming world war.    

It’s unclear what Musk may be referring to, given his penchant for posting sometimes odd and outlandish things on social media. 

In the past, Musk has said that he thinks artificial intelligence will 'far, far surpass' humans in every single way and could go as far as being the root cause of World War III

In the past, Musk has said that he thinks artificial intelligence will ‘far, far surpass’ humans in every single way and could go as far as being the root cause of World War III 

In the past, Musk has said that he thinks artificial intelligence will ‘far, far surpass’ humans in every single way and could go as far as being the root cause of World War III.

He has even gone so far as to say that AI, similar to the kind used in Tesla’s autopilot, should be regulated by international law. 

The curious tweets come just a few days after Tesla unveiled a AI-powered robot that is designed so humans could physically overpower it if need be. 

At the company’s AI day earlier this month, Musk said the machine, nicknamed the Tesla Bot, would perform dangerous, repetitive or boring work, essentially making physical labor obsolete.  

The automaton, Mr Musk added, will address labor shortages and have 'profound implications for the economy'

The automaton, Mr Musk added, will address labor shortages and have ‘profound implications for the economy’

Mr Musk said that the robot would stand at around five feet, eight inches tall and could handle jobs from picking up groceries to bolting together cars with a wrench

Mr Musk said that the robot would stand at around five feet, eight inches tall and could handle jobs from picking up groceries to bolting together cars with a wrench

Musk said that the robot would stand at around five feet, eight inches tall and could handle jobs from picking up groceries to bolting together cars with a wrench.

The automaton, he added, will address labor shortages and have ‘profound implications for the economy.’

While it is unclear how much the ‘Tesla Bot’ will ultimately retail for, Musk said that it would be important not to make the machine ‘super-expensive.’

The Tesla Bot could launch as early as next year, Musk said at the event. 

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