What’s the One Thing Artificial Intelligence Can’t do?

What’s the One Thing Artificial Intelligence Can’t do? You need to be able to answer this question pretty soon. And if you are under 30 you better answer it today. And oh, by the way the answer may mean all your education may now be relatively useless if it is in one of these categories.

Here is a list of 23 things artificially intelligent computers can do better/faster/cheaper than you can. Courtesy of Seth Godin’s blog.

Predict the weather
Read an X-ray
Play Go
Correct spelling
Figure out the P&L of a large company
Pick a face out of a crowd
Count calories
Fly a jet across the country
Maintain the temperature of your house
Book a flight
Give directions
Create an index for a book
Play Jeopardy
Weld a metal seam
Trade stocks
Place online ads
Figure out what book to read next
Water a plant
Monitor a premature newborn
Detect a fire
Play poker
Read documents in a lawsuit
Sort packages

Seth goes on to say that the future of AI is probably a lot like the past: it nibbles. Artificial intelligence does a job we weren’t necessarily crazy about doing anyway, it does it quietly, and well, and then we take it for granted.

No one complained when their thermostat took over the job of building a fire, opening the grate, opening a window, rebuilding a fire. And no one complained when the computer found 100 flights faster and better than we ever could.

But the system doesn’t get tired, it keeps nibbling. Not with benign or mal intent, but with a focus on a clearly defined task.

This can’t help but lead to unintended consequences. Enormous when they happen to you. Technology destroys the perfect and then it enables the impossible.

So lets loop back to my blog title question. “What’s the One Thing Artificial Intelligence Can’t do, that I can?” That is the really critical question each of us has to ask ourselves.

It is what I call a “Zen Question”. It is quite simple and quite difficult at the same time.

Said another way, what is the ONE THING I can do now, or learn soon and be excellent at that’s really difficult for a computer to do in my lifetime.

How can I become so resilient, so irreplaceable, so human that today’s quantum shifts in technology won’t be able to catch up with me and my One Thing ability?

Being excellent at One Thing has always been critical to success… but now… it’s really urgent. Steven Monahan.

What's the One Thing Artificial Intelligence Can't do?


Steven is an author and mentor. His current book is  THE ONE THING 66 DAY WORKBOOK. Top 25 Business Books on Amazon. Additionally, Steven is the founder and Director of Green Pets America Charities, animal welfare organization. Steve has been recognized by his home State of Georgia for service to Georgia’s people and companion animals.