It's a big thing. AI is going to do something this century. And it's going to be a combination of luck and skill that gets us to an endgame that we like. There are many excellent talks regarding this on youtube. Nick Bostrom is probably one of my favorites.
Wealth is created when we use new knowledge to create new things or improve efficiencies.
This technology, along with people pondering applications using type three levers is literally a new mechanical revolution in waiting. There are going to be many patents, from people who're curious and can tinker.