The Reading / Listening - Biotechnology - Level 1

A Nigerian scientist has made a new computer that has artificial intelligence. Dr Oshi Agabi's new computer can smell. He called it Koniku. He has raised over $1 million and his project has made $10 million in profit. Google and Microsoft, and security companies are interested in it. Koniku will be in drones and airport security systems. It will smell bombs and explosives. It will also be in hospitals to smell diseases in humans.



Dr Agabi did not use silicon chips in Koniku. These are not powerful enough to make things to recognize smells. Agabi based his device on neurons from mice. Neurons are brain cells that share information. They use electricity to send information. Using neurons in computers is called biotechnology. Agabi said: "Biology is technology….Our deep learning networks are all copying the brain." He added: "We want to build a…system that has intelligence."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Biotechnology - Level 0 Biotechnology - Level 2   or  Biotechnology - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40935771
  • http://www.nan.ng/tech/nigerian-agabi-makes-drones-smell-bombs/
  • http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/nigerian-scientist-creates-neuron-based-ai-device-that-can-smell/story-6ra9sFunYGj8l6k1M24q8K.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. artificial
  2. He has raised
  3. made $10 million
  4. security companies are
  5. airport security
  6. It will smell bombs
  7. It will also be in
  8. smell diseases
  1. and explosives
  2. interested in it
  3. in humans
  4. over $1 million
  5. hospitals
  6. intelligence
  7. systems
  8. in profit

Paragraph 2

  1. silicon
  2. These are not powerful
  3. make things to recognize
  4. Neurons are brain cells that share
  5. They use electricity to send
  6. Using neurons in computers is called
  7. deep learning
  8. build a system that
  1. smells
  2. networks
  3. information
  4. chips
  5. has intelligence
  6. enough
  7. information
  8. biotechnology

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Nigerian scientist (1) ___________________ new computer that has (2) ___________________. Dr Oshi Agabi's new computer can smell. He called it Koniku. He (3) ___________________ $1 million and his project has made $10 (4) ___________________. Google and Microsoft, and security companies are interested in it. Koniku will (5) ___________________ and airport security systems. It will smell bombs and explosives. It will also be in hospitals to (6) ___________________ humans.

Dr Agabi did not (7) ___________________ Koniku. These are not powerful enough to (8) ___________________ recognize smells. Agabi based (9) ___________________ neurons from mice. Neurons are brain cells that share information. They use (10) ___________________ information. Using neurons in computers is called biotechnology. Agabi said: "Biology is technology….Our deep learning networks are all (11) ___________________." He added: "We want to (12) ___________________ that has intelligence."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anigerianscientisthasmadeanewcomputerthathasartificialintelligen
ce.DrOshiAgabi'snewcomputercansmell.HecalleditKoniku.Hehasrai
sedover$1millionandhisprojecthasmade$10millioninprofit.Googlea
ndMicrosoft,andsecuritycompaniesareinterestedinit.Konikuwillbein
dronesandairportsecuritysystems.Itwillsmellbombsandexplosives.I
twillalsobeinhospitalstosmelldiseasesinhumans.DrAgabididnotuses
iliconchipsinKoniku.Thesearenotpowerfulenoughtomakethingstore
cognizesmells.Agabibasedhisdeviceonneuronsfrommice.Neuronsar
ebraincellsthatshareinformation.Theyuseelectricitytosendinformati
on.Usingneuronsincomputersiscalledbiotechnology.Agabisaid:"Biol
ogyistechnology….Ourdeeplearningnetworksareallcopyingthebrain.
"Headded:"Wewanttobuilda…systemthathasintelligence."

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

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