Monday 26 May 2014

Are the machines taking over?

You are going to 
  • discuss our relationship with technology
  • listen to a BBC radio clip about automation and do a comprehension activity
  • look at the future continuous

1) Discuss
  • How many machines, devices and gadgets do you use every day?
  • What is artificial intelligence?
  • What is automation?
  • How many automated processes or tasks can you think of?
  • When can you hear an automated voice?
  • Do you prefer to pay at a self-service check-outs or a normal one when you go shopping?
  • Do you think automation is a good thing?
  • Do you think machines will replace human workers?
  • Are machines getting smarter?
  • What relationship will humans have with machines and technology in the future?
  • Will we be living and working with robots in the future?

2) Listen.
Listen to this clip from BBC Radio 4's "Today" on "The rise of automated machines." 
A) Take notes.What do you learn about the following?
  • The number of self-service check-outs in Britain
  • The earliest automated machine
  • The importance of automation to business
  • Intelligent machines

B) Listen again and do the quiz.

Printable worksheet here

3) Discuss
How will we be living in the future?
Practise the Future Continuous
Look at the presentation and discuss the pictures.

4) Discuss
  • How do you see the future? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
  • Do you think the widespread use of technology has risks for humanity?
  • Should we be careful about how technology is affecting our lives?
  • Do you agree that in the future "The machines replacing humans might end up being better at being human that we are"?
  • Do you think machines will replace humanity or radically transform us? 

 5) Write
Choose one

  • We live in an age of technological revolution. How is technology affecting our lives today and should we be fearful of the effects it will have on life in the future?
  • We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits? Use specific details and examples in your answer (IELTS).

  • Could you live without it? Mobile phones, Living without electricity, Advantages and disadvantages, IELTS, Intermediate, Linking words, Listening, Reading, Smartphones, Writing an argument, Contrasting, Technology

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, fun and valid. Thank you.