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English Conversation – Artificial Intelligence

Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 08:06 PM
posted by Jo

AIArtificial intelligence is the intelligence exhibited by robots or computers.  Scientists are busy developing machines that are able to perform tasks normally associated with humans, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages. Many people wonder whether robots will one day have the ability to feel emotions too.

 

Video about Artificial Intelligence

  • Elon Musk suggests that artificial intelligence could be dangerous. Do you agree? Do you worry about the development of such technology?
  • What do you think are some of the dangers of artificial intelligence?

Vocabulary

  • Artificial - man-made to look or behave like something natural
  • Genius - someone very intelligent
  • Synthetic - something made artificially
  • To surpass - to have superior abilities
  • In pursuit of their goals - trying to meet their objectives
  • Moral compass - a natural perception people have about what is right and what is wrong
  • Perception - the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
  • Cognitive functions- brain activities that lead to knowledge e.g. reasoning, memory , attention, and language

Conversation Questions

  • What are some types of artificial intelligence you can think of?
  • What are some ways in which they are helpful?
  • What are the dangers of artificial intelligence?
  • Do you think artificial intelligence could become more intelligent than humans?
  • What are the differences between artificial intelligence and human intelligence?
  • What activities are computers better at than humans?
  • What activities are humans better at than computers?
  • What are some of the ways artificial intelligence could improve our lives?
  • Do you think robots could ever control the world?
  • How would you like artificial intelligence to help you?
  • What will artificial intelligence be like in 100 years from now?
  • If a robot is developed in the future that can experience emotion, what moral issues does this raise? Would it be ethical to ever turn it off? What rights should they be given?
  • Have you seen any movies about AI? What happened in the movie? How did it make you feel about artificial intelligence?
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