Grade 9 Unit 4 Topic 3 Section D

Robots-Our Servants [1]servant: US: [ˈsɜrvənt]  UK: [ˈsɜː(r)v(ə)nt]  n. 仆人;用人;(公司或机构的)雇员;奴仆般受制(或献身)于…的人 in the Future?

What will our future be like? No one knows for certain [2]certain: US: [ˈsɜrt(ə)n]  UK: [ˈsɜː(r)t(ə)n]  adj. 肯定;确定;确信;无疑;一定会… [3]for certain: 肯定地;确凿地, but most people think that robots will be part of our lives. Will they be friendly or unfriendly?

So far [4]so far: 到目前为止,迄今为止, robots haven’t caused us any problems. They work for us like servants all the time [5]all the time: 一直;总是. They help us do dangerous and difficult work.

People are surprised at [6]be surprised at: 对……感到惊奇;对……感到惊讶 the rapid development of robots. In a few years, perhaps robots will think on their own [7]on one’s own: 独立地;独自地;主动地, just as people use their brains and act for [8]act for: 代理 themselves. However, once robots can think for [9]think for: 回忆;替…打算;为…着想;认为;预料 themselves, problems may appear. One scientist warns [10]warn: US: [wɔrn]  UK: [wɔː(r)n] v. 警告;告诫;提醒注意(可能发生的事);使警惕 that if robots start to think for themselves, they will no longer [11]no longer: 不再 want to be our servants, but our masters. The scientist also warns that if we are lucky, they might [12]might: US: [maɪt]  UK: [maɪt]  auxv. 可能;可以;也许;该  modalv. 可以;(表示可能性)可能;(用于有礼貌地提出建议)可以 treat us as we now treat our pets; if we are not lucky, who knows what will happen? Perhaps there will be a war between human beings and robots [13]between A and B: 在A和B之间.

Word Bank

Word Bank
1 servant: US: [ˈsɜrvənt]  UK: [ˈsɜː(r)v(ə)nt]  n. 仆人;用人;(公司或机构的)雇员;奴仆般受制(或献身)于…的人
2 certain: US: [ˈsɜrt(ə)n]  UK: [ˈsɜː(r)t(ə)n]  adj. 肯定;确定;确信;无疑;一定会…
3 for certain: 肯定地;确凿地
4 so far: 到目前为止,迄今为止
5 all the time: 一直;总是
6 be surprised at: 对……感到惊奇;对……感到惊讶
7 on one’s own: 独立地;独自地;主动地
8 act for: 代理
9 think for: 回忆;替…打算;为…着想;认为;预料
10 warn: US: [wɔrn]  UK: [wɔː(r)n] v. 警告;告诫;提醒注意(可能发生的事);使警惕
11 no longer: 不再
12 might: US: [maɪt]  UK: [maɪt]  auxv. 可能;可以;也许;该  modalv. 可以;(表示可能性)可能;(用于有礼貌地提出建议)可以
13 between A and B: 在A和B之间
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