Oct 162015
 

If you are sitting at a desk, driving a taxi or answering the phone, stop for a moment and ask: could a robot or machine do this job better? The answer, unfortunately for you, might well be yes. These days more and more jobs are done more efficiently by a machine.

 

 

Vocabulary and definitions

automation – the use of machines to do work that people do or used to do
susceptible to – likely to be affected by
manual dexterity – good with your hands
cognitive labour – using your mind to perform a task
noggin – head (informal)
white collar – a job you do at an office rather than a factory
artificial intelligence (AI) – a computer’s ability to copy intelligent human behaviour
keeping your fingers crossed – hoping that things are going to turn out the way you want them to

6 Minute English – Will robots take our jobs? Transcript Video

 

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