Looking around, it’s not a secret that we’re living in the future. We have access to all of the world’s information in our pocket. Robots deliver packages to our doorstep. Machines synthesize 3D products from a computer program on the kitchen table. And maybe the craziest thing: all of these products have the ability to learn.
Artificial intelligence isn’t just something that is in development or only available to the Googles and Apples of the world. My wife and I have a Nest thermostat that learns when we like to heat or cool the house, and when we’re away, the heating and air doesn’t need to work as hard. So right in our home, a computer is learning how we live and working to serve us better.
If you’ve ever seen any movie about the future, you’re probably thinking that robots will take over the world in no time at all. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s exactly what’s going to happen…unless we change our thinking.
Today’s workplace is filled with 10,000-Hour Experts. Each person on a team has a specific role with one thing to think about and one area of expertise. The problem with that: Artificial Intelligence does the same thing.
A.I. is designed to learn specific areas and tasks and then complete those tasks. A.I. knows everything there is to know about whatever they’re taught. A.I. today can even create something new, as long as it falls in a category they’re an expert in.
You see, we’ve become incredible 10,000-Hour Experts, and we’ve taught everything we know to computers. They know everything we know and are the best 10,000-Hour Experts there are. But they can’t make the connections between subjects like we can.
What makes us “human” nowadays is our ability to think in a multidisciplinary fashion. We’re able to take all that we know across an incredibly wide spectrum and see how they work together. What we’re able to do is think like a 1,000-Hour Pro.
The 1,000-Hour Pro knows enough about each subject that they can see how those subjects work together, and they make those connections. The 1,000-Hour Pro innovates through a creativity borne of broad knowledge. The 1,000-Hour Pro creates something totally new by pulling bits and pieces from all over the spectrum of knowledge. The 1,000-Hour Pro allows A.I. to do what it does best, while remembering that all of that knowledge is artificial.
A.I. will continue to improve and take more and more of the 10,000-Hour Experts out of the game. But the 1,000-Hour Pro will stay safe. Why? Because the Pro isn’t just a worker. The 1,000-Hour Pro is a new way of thinking that is always learning and thinking in a way that A.I. will never be able to keep up with.