Garry Kasparov once declared that it was better to lose a computer game against a human than a human to a computer game. But the retired chess grandmaster recently told an interviewer that he doesn't "expect AI to kill the human being and find a way to combine the very best qualities of each" in the near future.

"Will I say in five years, 10 years, 20 years, maybe? I really can't imagine that," Kasparov said in an interview with former BBC correspondent Kevin Marsh, published by the journal PS Spectrum earlier this month.

For now, Kasparov doesn't foresee a need for AI at chess in the near future, but that won't stop scientists from working on its advent. "If in the future, we are asking ourselves, 'What could we do in chess that a machine could not do now?' The machine will invent it," he said.

Asked by Marsh about how humans might cope with AI in the workplace, Kasparov noted that humans need not fear the "overt mass displacement." Instead, humans will be in a position to leverage AI's abilities to their advantage and possibly "socialize it to create a much more equitable way of communicating."

This article originally appeared on Popular Science.