This won't be the first time humans reclaimed an unruly trade that was
harming people, and tamed it for the sake of humanity. Medicine was once
a wild west. Engineering underwent a revolution of self-regulation in
the 20th century.
And here's where we are now:
Medicine and engineering are professions, with near-universal norms and
standards. Doctors and engineers helped lead that change. Because they
knew they had to protect not only the people who came in contact with
the scalpel the surgeon holds, or the bridge the engineer built, but
also the surgeons and the engineers themselves, from the constant
demands of faster, cheaper, always more more more.
Medicine and engineering, poorly practiced, can harm people. And so,
we've learned, can technology.