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The Work-Related Skills Artificial Intelligence Still Can’t Do Better Than Humans

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

The impact of AI is far-reaching. The technology is able to do things now that were unthinkable just a decade or so ago. But even as phenomenal (and fast) AI is at some tasks, there are still skills humans do better. Following are just three of them. Think about how you can show an interviewer you stand out with any of these skill sets.


Thinking critically. You still need a human being to sort through the abundance of information in the world. Thanks to the internet, and all the propaganda it brings, AI is not able to discern the quality of information it’s given like a person is. Thinking critically involves evaluating the information you’re given to figure out if it’s credible and whether you should trust it. Good critical thinkers tend to also be good problem solvers, and employers value this quality most in roles that require strategizing.


Being flexible. One thing is for certain in today’s world, things are always changing. We definitely learned to be more flexible during the pandemic. Humans are much for likely to adapt to changes than AI. Forbes.com sums this up by saying, “What worked yesterday isn’t necessarily the best strategy for tomorrow, so openness to unlearning skills, upskilling, or reskilling throughout your career is also important.” It’s also critical to stay mentally flexible so that you’re always open to unique ideas and can adapt to a different ways of doing things.


Communicating on a personal level. Interpersonal communication is still best performed, as the term indicates, between, people. Robots and machines have improved how they listen and speak, but they can only be programmed so far in terms of showing respect and actively listening. AI also doesn’t exhibit the body language necessary to communicate on a personal level. Another level of communication that is unique in today’s world is online correspondence. It’s important to discern the messages sent online, such as to understand their subtleties, and that is hard for AI to do.


It’s hard to face competing with AI for jobs when AI essentially costs nothing after developed. If you’re worried about what AI means to your future career, think about focusing on jobs where your creativity is emphasized or where people skills are paramount. Also, be open to learning new skills. Don’t get stuck in a rut that how you’ve done things (or what you’ve done for a living) is how it’s always going to be. The world will change, but changing along with it will be key.





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