The way technology is moving so rapidly, soon many appliances and machines will be able to do tasks previously undertaken by humans. This is a hot topic and many people in China like to debate the pros and cons; many are for progress but some are concerned about the robotisation of society. Be sure you can join in the discussion in Mandarin Chinese to put forward your point of view…
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to talk about artificial intelligence
(ii) To speak about the pros and cons of robots
Two friends are talking about technology:
(Zài kā fēi tīng)
(at the café)
A: Wǒ mǎi le yī gè xī chén qì jī qì rén. Yǐ hòu tā bāng wǒ xī dì tǎn, wǒ kě suàn jiě fàng le!
I just bought a robot vacuum cleaner. It will help me vacuum the carpet. Finally, I am liberated!
B: Nǐ zhēn shi xiàng rén gōng zhì néng huà de shēng huó mài xiàng le dì yī bù.
You took your first step towards a life of artificial intelligence (AI).
A: Hā hā shì a. Xiàn zài kē jì yuè lái yuè fā dá le, nǐ kàn dào gǔ gē gōng sī yán fā de jī qì gǒu le me? Duō niú a!
Haha, that’s right. Nowadays, science technology is more and more developed. Did you see the robot dog which was developed by Google? How cool is that!
B: Shì hěn bàng. Wǒ jué dé, yī fāng miàn, rén lèi què shí xū yào rén gōng zhì néng de bāng zhù, dàn cóng lìng yī fāng miàn lái shuō, rén lèi hái shì xū yào zhǎo dào zhǎng kòng rén gōng zhì néng de fāng fǎ. Yào bù rán, zài wèi lái, wǒ men rén lèi hěn yǒu kě néng huì bèi rén gōng zhì néng huǐ miè.
Yes, it is great. I think, on one hand, human beings do need the help of AI. But, on the other hand, we still need to find the ways to control AI. Otherwise, in the future, humans may be controlled by AI.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
人工智能：artificial intelligence (AI)
向……迈出第一步：take the first step
越来越：more and more
一方面：on one hand
从另一方面说：on the other hand
在未来：in the future
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