The Reading / Listening - A.I. Matchmaking - Level 2

Japan wants more men and women to go on dates. It wants to increase the birth rate. There are fewer babies being born. Japan is using artificial intelligence (AI) to match couples and help them find love. The government will use $19 million to set the software up. There are already matchmaking services in half of Japan. With these, people have to fill out forms and answer questions on hobbies and interests. A worker then matches people. The AI project will automate this system. AI software can perform a more advanced analysis of data and get better matches.



The government wants to increase the size of the population. Japan's fertility rate is one of the lowest in the world. Japanese women have an average of 1.36 children. This figure is going down. A government spokesperson said: "We hope this support will help reverse the decline in the nation's birth rate." Japan's population is ageing quickly because people are living longer. The longevity rate for women is the highest in the world. This is a problem for Japan's economy. There are fewer younger workers to pay for the pension and welfare of retired people.

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    A.I. Matchmaking - Level 0 A.I. Matchmaking - Level 1   or  A.I. Matchmaking - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/12/07/national/japan-ai-funding-matchmaking/
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/japan-matchmaking-ai/love-match-tokyo-to-help-fund-japanese-ai-cupid-upgrades-report-idUKKBN28H19G
  • https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1209370.shtml


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. go on
  2. It wants to increase the birth
  3. use $19 million to set
  4. fill out
  5. answer questions on
  6. The AI project will automate
  7. a more advanced
  8. get better
  1. the software up
  2. analysis of data
  3. dates
  4. matches
  5. forms
  6. rate
  7. this system
  8. hobbies and interests

Paragraph 2

  1. increase the size
  2. Japan's fertility
  3. an average of
  4. Japan's population is ageing
  5. The longevity
  6. This is a problem
  7. There are fewer younger
  8. the pension and welfare
  1. for Japan's economy
  2. 1.36 children
  3. of retired people
  4. of the population
  5. workers
  6. quickly
  7. rate for women
  8. rate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan (1) ___________________ and women to go on dates. It wants to increase the birth rate. There are (2) ___________________ born. Japan is using artificial intelligence (AI) to match couples and help them find love. The government will use $19 million to set (3) ___________________. There are already matchmaking services in half of Japan. With these, people have to (4) ___________________ and answer questions on hobbies and interests. A worker then matches people. The AI project will (5) ___________________. AI software can perform a more advanced (6) ___________________ and get better matches.

The government wants to (7) ___________________ of the population. Japan's fertility rate is one of the lowest in the world. Japanese women (8) ___________________ of 1.36 children. This figure is going down. A government spokesperson said: "We hope this support will (9) ___________________ decline in the nation's birth rate." Japan's population (10) ___________________ because people are living longer. The (11) ___________________ women is the highest in the world. This is a problem for Japan's economy. There are fewer younger workers to pay for the (12) ___________________ of retired people.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanwantsmoremenandwomentogoondates.Itwantstoincreasethe
birthrate.Therearefewerbabiesbeingborn.Japanisusingartificialintel
ligence(AI)tomatchcouplesandhelpthemfindlove.Thegovernmentwi
lluse$19milliontosetthesoftwareup.Therearealreadymatchmakings
ervicesinhalfofJapan.Withthese,peoplehavetofilloutformsandanswe
rquestionsonhobbiesandinterests.Aworkerthenmatchespeople.The
AIprojectwillautomatethissystem.AIsoftwarecanperformamoreadv
ancedanalysisofdataandgetbettermatches.Thegovernmentwantstoi
ncreasethesizeofthepopulation.Japan'sfertilityrateisoneofthelowest
intheworld.Japanesewomenhaveanaverageof1.36children.Thisfigu
reisgoingdown.Agovernmentspokespersonsaid:"Wehopethissuppo
rtwillhelpreversethedeclineinthenation'sbirthrate."Japan'spopulati
onisageingquicklybecausepeoplearelivinglonger.Thelongevityratef
orwomenisthehighestintheworld.ThisisaproblemforJapan'seconom
y.Therearefeweryoungerworkerstopayforthepensionandwelfareofr
etiredpeople.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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