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L5T1B - Better reading
In this lesson, you're going to practise reading a story from the news.
Task One: Watch the video and play the game. Practise saying the words.
Task Two: Choose the right word to complete each sentence.
1. ________ are the only animals to use complex language to communicate.
2. Who do you ________ will win the next World Cup?
3. My new smartphone is a very ________ piece of technology.
4. Some people believe in the ________ of ghosts, and some people don’t.
5. You can make a lot of money if you ________ a new piece of technology and it becomes successful.
6. I watched a ________ movie about aliens last night. I couldn’t sleep after I saw it.
7. Human pollution is a serious ________ to sea and ocean life.
8. I don’t think this is real orange juice. It tastes ________ .
Task Three: Reading news stories in newspapers or online is a great way to learn English. Look at the picture from a news report. What can you see in it?
Task Four: Read the first part of the story and answer the questions below.
Elon Musk, the famous inventor and businessperson, has warned that machines with artificial intelligence could one day mean the end of us all. Mr Musk told the BBC that: "The development of full artificial intelligence (AI) could spell the end of humans." He said recent advances in AI technology could lead to the development of machines that are super-intelligent, live forever, and could easily dominate the world. He outlines his ideas in a documentary: “Do You Trust This Computer?”
1. What does Elon Musk say that full AI could lead to?
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2. What is the name of Elon Musk’s documentary?
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3. What kind of machines does Elon Musk say that AI could lead to?
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Task Five: Read the next part of the story and answer the questions below.
Musk said that AI has many benefits, but when it becomes more sophisticated, it could be a threat to our existence. He said: "It would take off on its own, and re-design itself faster and faster. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be replaced by the new intelligence." The famous professor Stephen Hawking also gave chilling warning in 2017, saying: “Imagine this technology outsmarting banks, out-inventing human researchers, out-thinking human leaders, and developing weapons we can’t understand."
4. Does Elon Musk think that AI can help people?
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5. Why could AI develop faster than humans?
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6. Who was Stephen Hawking?
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Task Six: Watch the video and answer the questions with your own ideas.
Task Seven: Sam and Jennifer are friends. They are talking. Choose the best answers for Jennifer.
Sam: Have you seen any movies about robots?
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Sam: What kind of jobs do you think robots can do well?
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Sam: What kind of work do you think robots aren’t suitable for?
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Sam: Would you like to have your own robot?
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Sam: Do you think that robots will take over the world one day?
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