Are computers always right? 6 Minute English reviews

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Human beings are flawed and carry their prejudices and opinions with them. Wouldn’t it be better if we could replace them with artificial intelligence, if we could get computers to do all our thinking for us? Rob and Catherine discuss if technology is a good solution for all our problems and teach you six items of vocabulary.

See the transcript and download the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180719

𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝟔 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬:
Is the internet good or bad?

The power of smell

Are you excited about the World Cup?

Is gaming a sport?

𝐕𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲:
𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭
someone who believes their country, race or sex is better than any others

𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦
the belief that a technological solution is always a better solution to a problem

𝐨𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞
neutral, fair and balanced

𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐲
a piece of software but also someone who does something for you, on your behalf

𝐚 𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦
a problem which has small and important areas which may be hard to spot, but they need to be considered

𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐦
a set of software instructions for a computer system

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  1. Vincent Lui

    Computer is one of the most advanced technologies in the 21st century. However, computers also have both advantages and disadvantages to human beings and environments. Computers can save a hugh amount of information and work more efficiently and faster than humans do.

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  2. Hares Hazem

    Tnx alot u help all funs of english

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  3. Md. Rayhan Sadman

    Amazing!

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  4. Lap Hoang Kim

    1:26 chauvinist (someone who believes their country, race or sex is better than any others)

    2:17 2:51 proxy
    a piece of software but also someone who does something for you, on your behalf

    3:38 4:19 a nuanced problem
    a problem which has small and important areas which may be hard to spot, but they need to be considered

    4:31 5:57 an algorithm
    a set of software instructions for a computer system

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  5. Erna Piantari

    Vocabulary 

    chauvinist
    someone who believes their country, race or sex is better than any others
    technochauvinism
    the belief that a technological solution is always a better solution to a problem
    objective
    neutral, fair and balanced
    proxy
    a piece of software but also someone who does something for you, on your behalf
    a nuanced problem
    a problem which has small and important areas which may be hard to spot, but they need to be considered
    an algorithm
    a set of software instructions for a computer system

    Transcript

    Note: This is not a word for word transcript
    Catherine
    Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Catherine. 
    Rob
    And hello, I'm Rob. 
    Catherine
    Today we have another technology topic. 
    Rob
    Oh good! I love technology. It makes things easier, it’s fast and means I can have gadgets. 
    Catherine
    Do you think that technology can actually do things better than humans? 
    Rob
    For some things, yes. I think cars that drive themselves will be safer than humans but that will take away some of the pleasure of driving. So I guess it depends on what you mean by better. 
    Catherine
    Good point, Rob. And that actually ties in very closely with today’s topic which is technochauvinism. 
    Rob
    What’s that? 
    Catherine
    We’ll find out shortly, Rob, but before we do, today’s quiz question. Artificial Intelligence, or A.I., is an area of computer science that develops the ability of computers to learn to do things like solve problems or drive cars without crashing. But in what decade was the term 'Artificial Intelligence' coined? Was it:
    a) the 1940s,
    b) the 1950s or
    c) the 1960s?
    Rob
    I think it's quite a new expression so I'll go for c) the 1960s.
    Catherine
    Good luck with that, Rob, and we’ll give you the answer later in the programme. Now, let's get back to our topic of technochauvinism.
    Rob
    I know what a chauvinist is. It’s someone who thinks that their country or race or sex is better than others. But how does this relate to technology? 
    Catherine
    We’re about to find out. Meredith Broussard is Professor of Journalism at New York University and she’s written a book called Artificial Unintelligence. She appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less to talk about it. Listen carefully and find out her definition of technochauvinism.
    Meredith Broussard, Professor of Journalism at New York University
    Technochauvinism is the idea that technology is always the highest and best solution. So somehow over the past couple of decades we got into the habit of thinking that doing something with a computer is always the best and most objective way to do something and that’s simply not true. Computers are not objective, they are proxies for the people who make them. 
    Catherine
    What is Meredith Broussard's definition of technochauvinism? 
    Rob
    It's this idea that using technology is better than not using technology. 
    Catherine
    She says that we have this idea that a computer is objective. Something that is objective is neutral, it doesn’t have an opinion, it’s fair and it's unbiased – so it’s the opposite of being a chauvinist. But Meredith Broussard says this is not true. 
    Rob
    She argues that computers are not objective. They are proxies for the people that make them. You might know the word proxy when you are using your computer in one country and want to look at something that is only available in a different country. You can use a piece of software called a proxy to do that. 
    Catherine
    But a proxy is also a person or a thing that carries out your wishes and your instructions for you. So computers are only as smart or as objective as the people that programme them. Computers are proxies for their programmers. Broussard says that believing too much in Artificial Intelligence can make the world worse. Let’s hear a bit more. This time find out what serious problems in society does she think may be reflected in AI? 
    Meredith Broussard, Professor of Journalism at New York University
    It’s a nuanced problem. What we have is data on the world as it is and we have serious problems with racism, sexism, classism, ageism, in the world right now so there is no such thing as perfect data. We also have a problem inside the tech world where the creators of algorithms do not have sufficient awareness of social issues such that they can make good technology that gets us closer to a world as it should be. 
    Rob
    She said that society has problems with racism, sexism, classism and ageism. 
    Catherine
    And she says it’s a nuanced problem. A nuanced problem is not simple, but it does have small and important areas which may be hard to spot, but they need to be considered. 
    Rob
    And she also talked about algorithms used to program these technological systems. An algorithm is a set of instructions that computers use to perform their tasks. Essentially it’s the rules that they use to come up with their answers and Broussard believes that technology will reflect the views of those who create the algorithms. 
    Catherine
    Next time you're using a piece of software or your favourite app you might find yourself wondering if it's a useful tool or does it contain these little nuances that reflect the views of the developer.
    Rob
    Right, Catherine. How about the answer to this week's question then? 
    Catherine
    I asked in which decade was the term 'Artificial Intelligence' coined. Was it the 40s, the 50s or the 60s? 
    Rob
    And I said the 60s. 
    Catherine
    But it was actually the 1950s. Never mind, Rob. Let’s review today’s vocabulary. 
    Rob
    Well, we had a chauvinist – that's someone who believes their country, race or sex is better than any others. 
    Catherine
    And this gives us technochauvinism, the belief that a technological solution is always a better solution to a problem. 
    Rob
    Next – someone or something that is objective is neutral, fair and balanced. 
    Catherine
    A proxy is a piece of software but also someone who does something for you, on your behalf. A nuanced problem is a subtle one, it’s not a simple case of right or wrong, in a nuanced problem there are small but important things that you need to consider. 
    Rob
    And an algorithm is a set of software instructions for a computer system. 
    Catherine
    Well, that’s all we have time for today. Goodbye for now. 
    Rob
    Bye bye!

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  6. The Perspective Hindi

    Best channel on the YouTube

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  7. MINJAE KIM

    I am a programmer and I don’t know why every body is so passionate at A.I that is really nothing . If you have dream at AI it possibly technology of 100 years later

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  8. henry moranoguera

    Let's practice English every single day. the more we watch BBC videos, the better for us.

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  9. Rahim Said

    That's awesome topic

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  10. Mayssa Habeeb

    I love you catherine , thank you

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  11. tammy

    Thank you for your work!❤

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  12. Zahra Haghbin

    I love 2 listen to BBC learning English its quite helpful !

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  13. جزائرية عربية,مسلمة و أفتخر

    Good work👍

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  14. Vengala Kankaiah

    Human become technochaunism

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  15. tgchan

    Thank you.

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  16. اسلام أحمد

    I really appreciate your help to us

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  17. Uyen Le

    that's good. but have another another this one to i learn more?

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  18. Amru Production

    thanks

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  19. Rose 20

    I love the 6 minute English ..keep it up

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  20. Mercedes LB

    Très intéressant! Merci beaucoup.

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  21. Tomas Jamba Joao

    Really the technology is make our life more easer than before!

    thanks

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  22. raf

    Why I like "6 Minute English", it's because with you I'm not just improve my English but I also broaden my general knowledge.

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  23. Nada Alsssi

    Waw, unbelievable how priceless vocabularies and information there are! .💚

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  24. Andres Amoleff

    Very interesting programme. Regards from Chile!

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  25. Studio of English

    Very valuable content in this video.

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  26. alberto bozzetto

    amazing voice and perfect accent these two guys.

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  27. BONY GAIN

    AI – 1950 i guess

    wow m correct without surfing google … it might be coz AI is one of mah fav subjects… 😃😃😃

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