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Unit 2 Technology Today
Listening Audio Track 4-2-1/Audio Track 4-2-2
Situation 1 Man: Oh no! Woman: What happened? Man: I can’t believe it! I was sending a message and I accidental

ly clicked on “Reply to All.” Woman: So? Man: It was a personal message for my friend, Jerry. I wanted to send it to his e-mail address only. Woman: Oops. Man: Exactly. … Instead I sent it to everyone on the list. How embarrassing! Situation 2 Man: I see you have a new keyboard. That’s nice. Woman: Yes, the company bought me a new one. Man: That’s good. Woman: Well, actually … I spilled coffee on my old keyboard, and it stopped working. Man: Oh, I see. Woman: Don’t tell anyone. Drinking coffee near the computers is not allowed! Situation 3 Woman: Have you finished working on my computer? Man: Yes, I have. I’m afraid I don’t have good news for you. Woman: Really? Man: Really. The problem is with your hardware. Woman: Oh. What do you suggest? Man: I think you should probably buy a new computer. This one can’t be fixed. Woman: Well, I have had it for five years. It’s time to replace it, I guess.

Audio Track 4-2-3/Audio Track 4-2-4
Conversation 1 Pam: Well, Lynn, I must be going. It was great to see you — Lynn: Bye, Pam. Pam: What’s that? Lynn: Oh … that’s Ollie. Pam: Ollie? I didn’t know you had a dog! Lynn: Well, we don’t … really. Pam: What do you mean?

Lynn: Come here. Pam: Oh my goodness. It’s a robot! Lynn: That’s right. It’s a dog robot. They call it a “dogbot.” Pam: How interesting! … But it’s a little strange, don’t you think? Lynn: Well, I wanted to get an interactive toy for the kids. They love it. So I’m happy. Pam: How much did it cost? Lynn: Don’t ask. It wasn’t very affordable. It’s cheaper than having a real dog, though. We don’t ever have to buy dog food! And the batteries are rechargeable. Conversation 2 Juliana: Hey, Henrik. Look. Henrik: What is it, Juliana? Juliana: What’s that guy doing over there? Henrik: Which guy? Juliana: The one over there. Wearing a suit. He’s punching so many buttons on his cell phone. Henrik: Oh, him. He’s probably playing a game. Juliana: Really? Henrik: A lot of people have games on their cell phones. It’s really popular here in Finland. They play them everywhere. Juliana: Do you play them, too? Henrik: Yes, I do.

Audio Track 4-2-5/Audio Track 4-2-6
In today’s report, we look at a new technology called pervasive computing. Pervasive computing means putting tiny computers into everyday electronic appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. With pervasive computing, appliances can communicate with their users — and with other appliances! Some companies now sell pervasive computing products like a “smart” toaster. It remembers your favorite kind of toast: light or dark. Companies are designing a “smart” coffee maker and a “smart” clock. The coffee maker can measure the water and coffee. It can even put milk in your breakfast coffee and make black coffee in the afternoon. The clock will check the time on other clocks in your house, and give information about other appliances. For example, it can tell you, “Your coffee maker needs more water.” And that’s only the beginning. One company is now advertising “Save time — phone your washing machine!” Engineers are making a “smart” house. In this house, the lights, heater, and air conditioner change automatically when family members come home. This makes the home comfortable, and it saves a lot of energy. Pervasive computing could change many parts of our daily lives. But do people really want pervasive computing? Do they really need technology everywhere? One company asked people about their opinions on “smart” appliances. There were surprises. A “smart” refrigerator can buy more food on the Internet, but people didn’t want it, because it might make mistakes. “Pervasive computing is as important as a telephone,” says Rebecca Blair, president of InnoTech Corporation. But some of these products are not useful, or even practical. Companies should learn

more about the technology that people really want.

Audio Track 4-2-7/Audio Track 4-2-8
The appetite for newer, smarter mobile technology is growing. Hungry consumers are no longer satisfied with making calls and sending text messages, and phone developers are taking notice. Your modern day smartphone is not just a communication device; it also offers a banquet of features such as a music player, gaming apps, Internet browser, electronic dictionary, camera, and video recorder. It’s hard to argue with the merits of having access to so much entertainment on the go. And it’s harder to argue with the convenience of having multiple entertainment and communication functions served up in a single device. However, some would argue that these phones are eating up too much of people’s time. It’s certainly food for thought. As phones become smarter they might indeed devour what’s left of our social and interpersonal skills. We’ll have to wait and see.

Audio Track 4-2-9/Audio Track 4-2-10
Local girl rescued She may have a broken leg, but she can’t be happier. Morgan Bailey, 11, is happy to be alive. Tuesday was like any other day for Morgan. She was at school. It was fourth period, and she was the first student to arrive in the gymnasium for her physical education class. Suddenly there was a loud noise. “There was a sharp cracking noise and then a loud boom. After that, I don’t remember anything,” said Morgan. The roof of the gymnasium had collapsed under the heavy snow. Morgan was trapped underneath. She couldn’t escape. “I woke up and there was a big piece of wood on my leg. I couldn’t move it. I was starting to get cold.” Fortunately, help was nearby. A new program using “rescue robots” was tried for the first time. ”We were nervous about using the robot,” said Derrick Sneed, the man in charge of the program. “But in the end, the robot gave us reliable information. It went extremely well.” The rescue robot was able to go into the gym and locate Morgan’s exact position. “We send in robots first because it may not be safe for humans,” said Mr. Sneed. “Human beings are not as useful as robots in some situations. A gas leak, for example, could kill you or me but wouldn’t hurt a robot.” Although it didn’t happen in Morgan’s case, some rescue robots can bring fresh air or water to people who are trapped. Rescue robots go into rough, dangerous places. They work in life or death situations. They have to be durable. Doctors say that Morgan is doing well. She should be going home in two or three days. What is the first thing she wants to do after she gets out of the hospital?” “I want to meet my hero,” laughs Morgan. “That little robot that saved my life!”

Audio Track 4-2-11/Audio Track 4-2-12
An increasing number of companies and individuals are now opting to purchase virtual storage for their computer files and programs. Accessibility is generally cited as the single most persuasive factor when making the switch. Being virtual, Clouds can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, and at any time. For those with slower Internet connections, sophisticated software accelerates upload and download times. Cost is always a mitigating factor when it comes to choosing which technology solution to adopt. And Clouds offer maximum flexibility when purchasing storage space. No longer do companies have to make long-term investments in expensive server equipment. They can purchase only the space they require now, with the knowledge that they can easily upgrade and expand at any point in the future. Apprehensions, about the security of data, have now been put at ease as globally recognized software firms are building in the necessary security solutions.

Audio Track 4-2-13
1. I used to type my term papers on a typewriter. 2. I didn’t use to wear scarves. 3. What kind of computer do you use? 4. I used my brother’s cell phone.

Audio Track 4-2-14
1. She used the phone in her office. 2. He used to paint his own house. 3. Do you use a computer? 4. I didn’t use to eat meat.

Speaking & Communication Audio Track 4-2-15
Lea: I hate writing term papers! It takes forever! Steve: You’re lucky, Lea. When I was young … Lea: Oh, I’ve heard this story before … Steve: Well, when I was young, we didn’t have computers. We used to write our papers on

typewriters. Lea: Oh, really? That sounds difficult! Steve: It was, especially because I made a lot of mistakes. Lea: Did it take a long time? Steve: Yes. Computers are so much faster and easier to use.

Audio Track 4-2-16

Conversation 1 A: I think television has improved our lives because we get to see news from around the world as it happens. B: Really? A: Yes! In the past people used to wait for days or weeks to read about overseas events, but now we can watch live news reports on television. B: But don’t you think people spend too much time watching television? A: Perhaps. However, I still maintain that some television programs, such as news and documentaries, can be educational and of benefit to people. Conversation 2 A: I think cars have improved our lives because we can get from one place to another so much more quickly. B: No way! Cars are a major cause of pollution. A: Dear me! I hadn’t considered that.

Audio Track 4-2-17
The most fun product has to be the cell phone. I use my cell phone all the time. Actually it almost never leaves my hand. It’s a good thing that it’s thin, light and portable. I love that I can do all sorts of things with it. It’s so much more than just a cell phone. I take photos with it; I use it to listen to music, and sometimes I watch movies. It’s really handy for passing the time while I’m commuting. The only negative is that the battery doesn’t last long. It hardly lasts a day before it needs to be recharged. I should add that my phone is very practical, too. I use it to communicate with my friends and family. I can’t make long distance calls to my parents as it’s too expensive, but with my cell phone I can send text messages quite cheaply.

Video Course Video Track 4-2-1
Reda: I really don’t know a lot about electronics but I think that new phones … new cell

phones … with ah … cameras … which have digital cameras are very cool and they’re so easy to use. And you don’t have to think all the time that you forgot the camera … you know? Because you always have it with you and that’s so smart. Kevin: I like the laptop because it’s very, very thin. It’s maybe less than one inch and it’s about four pounds and I can carry it anywhere I want. Alejandra: My favorite feature of my computer is the Instant Messenger. The reason for this is that it’s very affordable, fun, and convenient and allows me to chat with my friends from all over the world. Denise: I stay in touch with my family in Brazil with like … Instant Messenger. Jackie: I use the computer for chatting online, searching the web, and downloading music. Catherine: I have a lot of friends in New York and Philadelphia and California, so instead of talking on the phone with them, I e-mail them constantly … Dave: My laptop computer is fun because I can do all sorts of things on it. I can write a paper while I’m on the train on the way home. Julianna: I use my computer to surf on the Internet, to do my homework, and to work. My computer was expensive, but it is reliable. Jonathan: I don’t really like my computer because it’s old and not reliable.

Video Track 4-2-2
Reda: I really don’t know a lot about electronics but I think that new phones … new cell phones … with ah … cameras … which have digital cameras are very cool and they’re so easy to use. And you don’t have to think all the time that you forgot the camera … you know? Because you always have it with you and that’s so smart.

Video Track 4-2-3
Prof. Morgan: Good. So change the first part and make those corrections and your paper will be great. Tara: OK. Thanks for all your help, Professor Morgan. I’ll e-mail my paper to you later today. Prof. Morgan: You know, technology is amazing. In high school I used to write my term papers on a typewriter. Tara: It must have taken a long time to write a paper on a typewriter. Prof. Morgan: Well, I was pretty fast, but I made some mistakes. Actually, the typewriters weren’t that bad. Now, as for the first computers … oh my gosh! Tara: What do you mean? Prof. Morgan: The first computers were so unreliable. They used to crash all the time. And they were not as affordable or as fast as they are now. Tara: Mine’s pretty fast, but not as fast as some of the newer, more expensive ones. Prof. Morgan: I know! And nowadays, almost everyone has a computer. In those days, nobody had

their own computer. We used to use the ones at the university. Tara: In the computer lab? Prof. Morgan: Yeah, that’s all we had. I’ll never forget, one spring, during final exams. Everybody was working on their term papers, and the electricity went out! Tara: So? No big deal … laptops have batteries … Prof. Morgan: Yes, but remember, in those days we didn’t have laptops. If your computer crashed, you lost everything. Tara: Everything? Prof. Morgan: Everything. We used to lose information all the time, but that time it was terrible. Everybody lost their papers that afternoon … including me. Tara: What did you do? Prof. Morgan: I went back to the good, old-fashioned way. Tara: You mean typewriters? Prof. Morgan: Nope. I used something more affordable, portable, reliable, disposable, something that always worked. Tara: What was that? Prof. Morgan: (holds up pencil and paper) The first word processor.

Video Track 4-2-4
Prof. Morgan: Good. So change the first part and make those corrections and your paper will be great. Tara: OK. Thanks for all your help, Professor Morgan. I’ll e-mail my paper to you later today. Prof. Morgan: You know, technology is amazing. In high school I used to write my term papers on a typewriter. Tara: It must have taken a long time to write a paper on a typewriter. Prof. Morgan: Well, I was pretty fast, but I made some mistakes. Actually, the typewriters weren’t that bad. Now, as for the first computers … oh my gosh! Tara: What do you mean? Prof. Morgan: The first computers were so unreliable. They used to crash all the time. And they were not as affordable or as fast as they are now. Tara: Mine’s pretty fast, but not as fast as some of the newer, more expensive ones. Prof. Morgan: I know! And nowadays, almost everyone has a computer. In those days, nobody had their own computer. We used to use the ones at the university.

Video Track 4-2-5
Tara: In the computer lab? Prof. Morgan: Yeah, that’s all we had. I’ll never forget, one spring, during final exams. Everybody was working on their term papers, and the electricity went out! Tara: So? No big deal … laptops have batteries … Prof. Morgan: Yes, but remember, in those days we didn’t have laptops. If your computer crashed,

you lost everything. Tara: Everything? Prof. Morgan: Everything. We used to lose information all the time, but that time it was terrible. Everybody lost their papers that afternoon … including me.

Video Track 4-2-6
Tara: What did you do? Prof. Morgan: I went back to the good, oldfashioned way. Tara: You mean typewriters? Prof. Morgan: Nope. I used something more affordable, portable, reliable, disposable, something that always worked. Tara: What was that? Prof. Morgan: (holds up pencil and paper) The first word processor.


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