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Will computers get smart enough to threaten us?

University’s philosophers, scientists to tackle issue

LONDON — Could computers become cleverer than humans and take over the world? Or is that just the stuff of science fiction?

Philosophers and scientists at Cambridge University think the question deserves serious study. A proposed Center for the Study of Existential Risk would bring together experts to consider the ways in which super-intelligent technology, including artificial intelligence, could ‘‘threaten our own existence,’’ the institution said Sunday.

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