Intelligence is the most powerful of all the tools we have: It allowed humankind to invent advanced language, science and communication. Artificial intelligence has the potential of being an even more powerful tool and we should therefore be thinking about how we can create this tool in a way that is safe and beneficial.
Intelligence is what allows us to shape the world. We are already struggling to cooperate with other human-level intelligences, namely humans, and so far we fail to prevent or stop the resulting conflicts. It is therefore important to think deeply and carefully about the cooperation with intelligences of super-human abilities. The development of AI poses the unique opportunity to actually shape these intelligences to not get in conflict with human goals.
Intelligence is power and, as Spiderman's uncle said, "With great power comes great responsibility". Thinking about AI safety is accepting this responsibility and living up to it.