The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A group headed by Elon Musk has opened a kind of gym for robots, called OpenAI Gym. Mr Musk is the boss of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the space travel company, SpaceX. He also founded the online payments website PayPal. His latest project is an open platform for code writers to test their latest work. People are free to test their ideas for artificial intelligence (A.I.) on it. Researchers can test and share their algorithms for A.I. Algorithms are special sets of rules in a computer program that can solve problems and deal with lots of information.



Mr Musk wrote about why his team decided to make the OpenAI Gym free. He said: "Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, [without the] need to generate [money]." The OpenAI Gym follows the idea of giving rewards for learning – like giving a dog a treat when it learns something new. If an algorithm does well in the gym, it gets a reward. If it fails, it gets no reward. The aim of the gym is to develop an algorithm that can multi-task; to do many things at the same time, rather than just one thing.

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Sources
  • http://thescienceexplorer.com/technology/elon-musk-launches-ai-gym-make-robot-brains-versatile-our-own
  • http://www.computerworld.com/article/3063674/emerging-technology/elon-musk-opens-virtual-gym-to-train-your-robots.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3564752/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the boss of the
  2. space
  3. an open
  4. code
  5. artificial
  6. Algorithms are special sets
  7. a computer program that can solve
  8. deal with lots
  1. of rules
  2. writers
  3. problems
  4. travel
  5. electric car company
  6. of information
  7. platform
  8. intelligence

Paragraph 2

  1. why his team decided to make
  2. benefit humanity
  3. generate
  4. giving rewards
  5. giving a dog a treat when it
  6. develop an algorithm that can
  7. do many things at
  8. rather than
  1. money
  2. the same time
  3. learns something new
  4. just one thing
  5. the OpenAI Gym free
  6. as a whole
  7. multi-task
  8. for learning

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A group headed by Elon Musk (1) ___________________ kind of gym for robots, called OpenAI Gym. Mr Musk (2) ___________________ electric car company Tesla Motors and the space travel company, SpaceX. He (3) ___________________ online payments website PayPal. His latest project is an open platform for code writers (4) ___________________ latest work. People are free to test their ideas for artificial intelligence (A.I.) on it. Researchers can test (5) ___________________ algorithms for A.I. Algorithms are special sets of rules in a computer program that can solve problems and (6) ___________________ of information.

Mr Musk wrote (7) ___________________ team decided to make the OpenAI Gym free. He said: "Our goal (8) __________________ digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, [without the] (9) ___________________ [money]." The OpenAI Gym follows the idea of giving rewards for learning – like giving a dog (10) ___________________ it learns something new. If an algorithm does (11) ___________________, it gets a reward. If it fails, it gets no reward. The aim of the gym is to develop an algorithm that can multi-task; to do many things at the same time, (12) ___________________ one thing.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AgroupheadedbyElonMuskhasopenedakindofgymforrobots,called
penAIGym.MrMuskisthebossoftheelectriccarcompanyTeslaMotorsa
ndthespacetravelcompany,SpaceX.Healsofoundedtheonlinepayme
ntswebsitePayPal.Hislatestprojectisanopenplatformforcodewriterst
otesttheirlatestwork.Peoplearefreetotesttheirideasforartificialintelli
gence(A.I.)onit.ResearcherscantestandsharetheiralgorithmsforA.I.
Algorithmsarespecialsetsofrulesinacomputerprogramthatcansolve
problemsanddealwithlotsofinformation.MrMuskwroteaboutwhyhist
eamdecidedtomaketheOpenAIGymfree.Hesaid:"Ourgoalistoadvanc
edigitalintelligenceinthewaythatismostlikelytobenefithumanityasa
whole,[withoutthe]needtogenerate[money]."TheOpenAIGymfollo
wstheideaofgivingrewardsforlearning–likegivingadogatreatwhenitl
earnssomethingnew.Ifanalgorithmdoeswellinthegym,itgetsarewar
d.Ifitfails,itgetsnoreward.Theaimofthegymistodevelopanalgorithmt
hatcanmulti-task;todomanythingsatthesametime,ratherthanj
ustonething.

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Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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