Reading & Use of
English: Part 2 Open cloze (8
ACTIVITY 187:Read the text below
and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.
check the correct answers
In fiction robots have a personality, but reality is disappointingly
different. Although sophisticated to assemble cars and assist during
complex surgery, modem robots are dumb automatons, of striking up
relationships with their human operators.
However, change is the horizon. Engineers argue that, as robots begin to
a bigger part of society, they will need a way to interact with
humans. To this end they will need artificial personalities. The big
question is this: what does a synthetic companion need to have
so that you want to engage it over a long period of time? Phones and
computers have already shown the to which people can develop
relationships with inanimate electronic objects.
Looking further engineers envisage robots helping around the house,
integrating with the web to place supermarket orders using email.
Programming the robot with a human-like persona and it the ability to
learn its users' preferences, will help the person feel at ease with it.
Interaction with such a digital entity in this context is more natural than
sitting with a mouse and keyboard.