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Podcast robots – BBC 6 Minute English

Podcast Robots

The Rise of Machines

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Are robots and artificial intelligence taking over from humans? Dan and Neil discuss the rise of the machines

An American company has said its ambition is to achieve an AI that can beat humans at any intellectual task. But can machines ever out-think humans?

Dan and Neil discuss the rise of artificial intelligence.

This week’s question:

The word ‘robot’ as we use it today was first used in a 1920’s Czech play ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’. But before this, what was its original meaning?

a) forced labour
b) metal man
c) heartless thing

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


cannot be avoided or stopped

never failing

becomes better than

kind and helpful

able to think for itself

difficult to believe