Children Can Possibly Predict Tomorrow’s Technology

August 2, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. integration (n.) [in-ti-grey-shuhn] – the process of combining or adding parts in order for something to work well together
Example: Our language professors are currently working on the integration of European and Asian languages in the new curriculum.

2. digital (adj.) [dij-i-tl] – refers to data and information which are expressed electronically
Example: All financial reports submitted to the main office should be in a digital format.

3. interactive (adj.) [in-ter-ak-tiv] – involving the communication  or relationship between two persons or things
Example: Classroom discussions must be interactive in such a way that both teachers and students can express their opinion. 

4. analyst (n.) [an-l-ist] – an expert on a field of study who carefully examines something
Example: Mary is one of the applicants the manager is considering for the market analyst position.

5. telepathy (n.) [tuh-lep-uh-thee] – a form of communication through the use of one person’s mind to another without speech, writing or other signs or symbols
Example: The comic book writer created a character whose special power is mental telepathy

Read the text below.

According to a new study, kids predict that future media and technology will be an integration of digital and real world activities.

Latitude, an international research consultancy, asked kids from different countries to answer the question, "What would you like your computer or the Internet to do that it can’t do right now?” The results showed that kids wanted technology to be more interactive and applicable to their day-to-day lives.

Jessica Reinis, a senior research analyst at Latitude, said that kids nowadays have a strong desire to learn by themselves, and to create and be artistic.  They also want technologies that can teach them in many ways.

A majority of the young participants imagined technology to have more human-like interactions in terms of words, gestures and even telepathy.  One-third of the kids wanted future technology to help them in developing adult knowledge or skills, such as cooking or speaking another language.

In addition, other participants thought how future technology would allow them to build better social connections.

According to founder and president of Latitude Steve Mushkin, kids today see online technology as part of the real world, an idea already being worked out in recent developments.


Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
Discussion A

·         What are the advantages and disadvantages of having human-like technology?
·         Can human-like technology replace humans in performing certain tasks (e.g., replacing human teachers with robots)?

Discussion B

·         In what ways has technology changed people’s lives?
Should people depend too much on technology?

August 2, 2011