If AI cannot model language, creativity, and emotion, hopes of artificial general intelligence (AGI) are illusory. These quintessentially ‘human’ areas have been modeled, but only up to a point. ‘Language, creativity, emotion’ questions whether AI systems could ever appear to possess these areas. It first considers natural language processing (NLP). NLP generation is more difficult than NLP acceptance due to both thematic content and grammatical form. On the creativity front, AI technology has generated many ideas that are historically new, surprising, and valuable. AI concepts also help to explain human creativity by distinguishing three types: combinational, exploratory, and transformational. It concludes that if we are ever to achieve AGI, emotions such as anxiety must be included—and used.