AI is being tested and developed to manage, avert and protect societies from future crises, from carbon emissions to pandemics to natural disasters. Combined with emerging technologies such as synthetic biology, AI can also take us beyond the imagined: it can create digital twins of the planet and enable precision farming to monitor individual plants across millions of hectares. It even promises to re-engineer extinct and near-extinct species. As humans rely on artificial intelligence more and more to resolve the problems we have created, where will it lead us? Who will own the insights it generates?