The Reading / Listening - Furniture - Level 4

Robots are taking over. The latest job technology is replacing is carpentry. For thousands of years, skilled carpenters have created furniture. The next generation of master carpenters may be robots. Researchers at MIT have created a robot that can custom-make furniture. The robots will not replace humans, but will improve safety. The goal is to let robots do the more dangerous task of sawing so carpenters can focus on design.



The MIT team used today's technology to create the "AutoSaw". It differs from robots that make the mass-produced, flat-pack furniture we buy from stores. People will design their own furniture and AutoSaw will cut up the wood. It will also reduce the risk of us losing a finger. Researchers aim to "democratize furniture-customization". They want people to make what fits their needs, rather than what IKEA has. This will mean better furniture.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Furniture - Level 5 or  Furniture - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43251669
  • https://www.theverge.com/
  • 2018/2/28/17058532/robot-carpentry-automated-mit-assisted-furniture
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/mit-autosaw-roomba-robot-system-handles-carpentry-csail/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Robots are taking
  2. skilled carpenters have
  3. The next
  4. master
  5. a robot that can custom-
  6. improve
  7. the more dangerous task
  8. carpenters can focus
  1. of sawing
  2. over
  3. make furniture
  4. on design
  5. generation
  6. carpenters
  7. created furniture
  8. safety

Paragraph 2

  1. mass-
  2. flat-
  3. People will design their
  4. reduce
  5. losing a
  6. democratize furniture-
  7. make what
  8. This will mean
  1. customization
  2. the risk
  3. produced
  4. better furniture
  5. pack furniture
  6. fits their needs
  7. own furniture
  8. finger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Robots (1) ___________________. The latest job technology is replacing is carpentry. For thousands of years, (2) ___________________ created furniture. The (3) ___________________ master carpenters may be robots. Researchers at MIT have created a robot that can (4) ___________________. The robots will not replace humans, but (5) ___________________. The goal is to let robots do the more dangerous task of sawing so carpenters can (6) ___________________.

The MIT (7) ___________________ technology to create the "AutoSaw". It differs from robots that make the mass-produced, (8) __________________ we buy from stores. People will (9) ___________________ furniture and AutoSaw will cut up the wood. It will also (10) ___________________ of us losing a finger. Researchers aim to "democratize furniture-customization". They want people to (11) ___________________ their needs, rather than what IKEA has. This will (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Robotsaretakingover.Thelatestjobtechnologyisreplacingiscarpentry
.Forthousandsofyears,skilledcarpentershavecreatedfurniture.Then
extgenerationofmastercarpentersmayberobots.ResearchersatMITh
avecreatedarobotthatcancustom-makefurniture.Therobotswillnotr
eplacehumans,butwillimprovesafety.Thegoalistoletrobotsdothemor
edangeroustaskofsawingsocarpenterscanfocusondesign.TheMITte
amusedtoday'stechnologytocreatethe"AutoSaw".Itdiffersfromrobo
tsthatmakethemass-produced,flat-packfurniturewebuyfromstores.
PeoplewilldesigntheirownfurnitureandAutoSawwillcutupthewood.It
willalsoreducetheriskofuslosingafinger.Researchersaimto"democra
tizefurniture-customization".Theywantpeopletomakewhatfitstheir
needs,ratherthanwhatIKEAhas.Thiswillmeanbetterfurniture.

Student survey

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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