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A2 RoboThespian Some humanoids are made for entertainment. RoboThespian, for example, is a robotic actor with a wide range of expressions, songs, and gestures. The term thespian is an old English word for actor : RoboThespian can in fact perfectly act Shakespeare s dramas! It was invented by Engineered Arts, a British company that produces entertainment humanoids through the collaboration between artists, mechanical and computer engineers, and animators. 2 READING WRITING Correggi le frasi sbagliate e dopo averle corrette usale come spunto per scrivere un breve riassunto del testo (60-70 parole). 1. AI is a branch of chemistry whose purpose is to create human beings in the laboratory. 2. The name Thespian is American slang that means robot. 3. At the beginning, the main purpose of humanoids was entertainment. 4. Artificial Narrow Intelligence is a type of intelligence able to learn and solve problems. 5. Leonardo Da Vinci invented a suit of armour that could speak and act. 6. Artificial Super Intelligence is as intelligent as humans, but it cannot have human relationships. 3 WRITING Scegli l opzione corretta. Sophia Sophia is a social humanoid robot 1. developed / developing by the Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics. Sophia 2. is / was activated on February 14, 2016, and 3. made / make her first public appearance in March 2016 in Austin, Texas. Sophia, created to look like the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, American actress Audrey Hepburn, and its inventor s wife, Amanda Hanson, is famous for 4. its / his human-like appearance and behaviour. Sophia uses speech recognition technology and is designed to 5. become / became smarter over time. Hanson designed Sophia to be a good companion for the 6. olds / elderly DO-IT-YOURSELF at nursing homes, or to help people at big events or parks. 7. He said / talked that he hopes that the robot can interact with other humans sufficiently to 5 WRITING GROUP WORK get social skills, in fact, Sophia 8. was / is considered a social robot that can In gruppo immaginate di mimic social behavior and induce feelings of love in humans. essere una società di robotica, inventate un robot umanoide e Adapted from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(robot) create la sua carta d identità . Includete le seguenti CRITICAL THINKING informazioni. 4 LISTENING SPEAKING PAIR WORK Guarda il video, poi con il The name of your company tuo compagno rispondi alle seguenti domande. Your robot s name What is Artificial Intelligence? BBC News posted by BBC News Picture (image from the web 1. What is the most complex and powerful object in the universe? or drawing) 2. According to the video, what is the main goal of Artificial Intelligence? Its capabilities 3. What are examples of narrow AI in everyday life? Its function 4. Do you like robots? Do you think they can replace human beings in Who can use it everything? During what event it is 5. What jobs or tasks should robots do instead of humans? presented to the world 93

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