R: Oh, you offload the responsibility. So the responsibility is something you carry, but if you offload it then you give it to another person or thing.
M: Yeah, so you can offload the responsibility to robots, right?
M: But if your job is replaced by a robot, you can end up destitute. The third super adjective in this episode - destitute.
R: It's not really a super adjective, to be honest, it doesn't describe anything complex. It's just you could end up homeless.
M: Without money, food or possessions. Possessions - what we have. So for example, floods left many people destitute. So no money, no home, nothing. Many businesses are employing humanoid robots. Okay? As customer service representatives, humanoid robots, are like robots with a face like people have. These machines, these humanoid robots function as people. So they are designed to resemble, to resemble people. So maybe like there's a robot who looks like Rory. And they function like humans. Creepy.
R: Extremely creepy. Please do not have a robot that looks like me.
M: And also they have synthetic skin.
R: Oh, that's horrible.
M: I know. I know. Oh, dear listener, you should really watch some videos on YouTube about robots. And it's amazing. The robot with pretty much like skin like we have and they do all the emotions. Oh my gosh, this is so scary. Yeah. And one robot which is called Grace. So Grace is the most advanced humanoid healthcare robot. Healthcare robot. Grace can recognize emotions, and shows empathy, okay? And speaks and understands 100 languages.
R: Should we talk about cars?
M: Yes. Rory, how can we paraphrase driverless car?
R: Yes, well, a robot car or an autonomous vehicle. Oh my god, what a, what a merciful, autonomous vehicle.
M: Or automated car, automated car, autonomous car, robot-operated car, or driverless car, or electric car. Assuming it's been safety tested. So this car has been safety tested. And here you can say human drivers, so it could be safer than human drivers. Usually, we don't say humans, people, humans. But here, in this topic, you can say humans vs. robots.
R: I feel like the driverless car might be a better driver than most of the human drivers that I know. You should see some of the driving in my hometown, it is absolutely spectacular.
M: So you can say it's safer or more efficient. More efficient, more productive, and more effective than human drivers. Robots will never take over the world.
R: Well, at least they won't take over teaching hopefully. On the subject of teaching, the reflection activity for today is to pick one piece of vocabulary or one phrase that you really liked and send it to me on my Instagram, and I'll be happy to have a look at what people are sending me there. This is just to help people remember the words and phrases more effectively for their exams.