Listening: Robots




Read the following questions carefully. Then listen to the speaker and fill in the questions. You may listen to the speaker a maximum of three times.


Robots - The Future

They have been around for years. They come in all shapes and s. When they were first invented nobody knew their importance. But, how soon will it be before they are so intelligent that they take over jobs which only human beings can do, such as, treating patients or constructing houses? You may wonder what I am talking about!... well, I am talking about robots.

If we examine the possible advantages that robots could offer us in the future, we see that there are numerous. Just imagine if there was a robot that could carry out all of the housework, drive you about, prepare your food and build houses. How would your life be? I bet millions of people would say, "just perfect". Having a robot to do all these things would undoubtedly save a lot of time and money.

However, there are, of course, some disadvantages. I can envisage that in the future, possessing a robot will be very expensive, and perhaps only those elitists will be able to afford them. Something that might worry me a little, would be, "what if the robot began to malfunction and started to destroy things?"; I am sure that in the future, just as there may be robots that are good and helpful, there are also going to be those that are bad and made to kill. This is something extremely important to bear in mind.

I think I can conclude by saying that although having a robot in the future could be extremely useful, I personally see more disadvantages than advantages. I am happy with my life at the moment even if I have to do my own ironing and cooking!


According to the speaker:

  • What jobs might robots be able to do in the future?
  • What are the advantages of having a robot?
  • What are the main disadvantages?
  • What concerns the speaker?
  • How does the speaker conclude?
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