Artificial Intelligence might be one of the most important technologies humanity has ever worked on and might help reach abundance for humanity through automation, solve technological and scientific challenges and solve everything else. Artificial intelligence is especially powerful because its inherently a general purpose technology that can be applied to advance almost anything.
But super powerful Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) or strong AI might go awry, thats why its critical to align it with human values and societies interests at large.
Nick Bostroms Superintelligence is a great starter. Endorsed by Elon Musk.
Fantastic book on AI safety and security with lots of papers