The two biggest concerns about AI's eventual rise are related to employment and control.
Even in this thirty-year blitzkrieg of progress, humans will continue to wield ultimate control as writers of the source code and job losses will be minimized by those created, with more tasks being replaced than entire fields. Nonetheless, protests will likely intensify in the most affected industries – transportation in particular – and governments will be under pressure to preserve labor markets through regulation, thereby impeding technological advancement.
Public discourse will also likely turn towards privacy as AI scripts increasingly pull user data to shape newfound consumer solutions in various sectors, and law enforcement agencies turn to AI for surveillance. Companies, governments and individuals will also need to beef up their security infrastructure as hackers and crime syndicates twist AI's prowess to their own advantage.
AI will grant handlers incredible power, and the public policy debate over regulating authority will not be smooth as different interest groups vie for control. However, over the years, organizations and governments will find common ground on the best way to regulate and ensure a fair marketplace and an environment conducive for development.
As 2050 approaches, so will a momentous milestone: the succession into artificial super intelligence (ASI). When this will be achieved is uncertain, if at all possible, but in the next chapter we attempt to describe life with singularity – when Earth's status quo has a new entrant.