“We will not have all the answers to safely managing AI by 2040, but we will have a profession with millions of people dedicated to advancing the cause.

“It is likely to be the last new profession. 

“Unsafe industrial activity turned Oklahoma into a dust bowl and lit the Cuyahoga River on fire at least a dozen times. 

“Like the agricultural and industrial revolutions of yesteryear, AI requires new technology, social institutions and social conventions to avoid the worst outcomes. However, ‘AI safety’ is a far more difficult proposition than environmental sustainability.”

This was written in November 2023 in reply to the question: Considering likely changes due to the proliferation of AI in individuals’ lives and in social, economic and political systems, how will life have changed by 2040? This and more than 150 additional responses are included in the report “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence by 2040”