Robot artists - 6 Minute English

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Ai-Da is a robot that paints and creates art - but what else could they do in the future? Neil and Sam discuss the topic and teach you related vocabulary.

This week's question
The name, Ai-Da, uses the abbreviation for ‘artificial intelligence’ - AI - to make a woman’s first name, but which famous, real-life Ada was the robot named after? Was it:

a) Ada Brown?,
b) Ada Lovelace? or,
c) Ada Maris?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

dystopia
an imaginary future society where everything is bad

non-verbal communication
communication that does not involve speaking such as using physical gestures and facial expressions

appeal
the quality in someone that makes them attractive and interesting

compelling
so exciting and interesting that it holds your attention

battles to win
problems to be solved; obstacles to be overcome

iron (something) out
remove or find solutions to a problem

To download the audio and a transcript, go to:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210916

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18.01.22 в 04:39

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12.10.21 в 04:55

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02.10.21 в 04:31

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26.09.21 в 11:51

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25.09.21 в 13:52

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23.09.21 в 07:23

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22.09.21 в 14:54

Vocabulary from Neil and Sam: 
- starting with dystopia an imaginary future society where everything is bad. 
- Non-verbal communication is communication using physical gestures and facial expressions instead of speech. 
- The appeal of something is a quality it has which people find attractive. 
- Something is compelling it holds your attention because you find it so interesting. 
- A battle to be won means a problem to be solved or an obstacle to overcome. 
- to iron something out means to remove or find solutions to a problem.

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22.09.21 в 08:22

Sam can you speak clearly? i was trying to jot down everything you said in my note book! and some words and phrases such as "uses a robotic arm", "robotic arm", "system" i can not hear it well! what's a pathetic to me!

dream catcher

20.09.21 в 10:13

Neil
Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I’m Neil.

Sam
And I’m Sam.

Neil
Do you think robots could ever become intelligent, Sam?

Sam
Well, if you believe Hollywood movies like ‘Robocop’, robots will grow more powerful than their human creators and take control.

Neil
You’ve been watching too many sci-fi movies, Sam! But seriously - do you think robots will ever be able to think or dream? Could they fall in love or create art?

Sam
It’s hard to say but because of the huge advances in artificial intelligence over the last ten years, questions like these are being asked more and more.

Neil
In this programme we’ll be meeting a very unusual ‘person’ (if that’s the right word) who could help answer some of these questions. She’s called Ai-Da, she’s an artist who can draw, paint and create sculptures – and she’s a robot.

Sam
Yes, the humanoid robot, Ai-Da, uses a robotic arm and a pencil to draw what it sees with a camera in its eye. It’s very life-like and can even talk to the people whose picture it’s drawing.

Neil
We’ll hear more about this extraordinary robot and the team of inventors behind her soon, but first I have a quiz question. The name, Ai-Da, uses the abbreviation for ‘artificial intelligence’ - AI - to make a woman’s first name, but which famous, real-life Ada was the robot named after? Was it:

a) Ada Brown?,
b) Ada Lovelace? or,
c) Ada Maris?

Sam
I think it must be, b) Ada Lovelace.

Neil
OK, Sam, we’ll find out if that’s right later. Of course building a realistic robot that can see, hold a pencil and draw is not easy.

Sam
Behind the creation of Ai-Da was a team led by Cornish robotics company, Engineered Arts, and supported by engineers in Leeds who built her robotic arms using AI systems developed at Oxford University.

Neil
Here’s chief engineer, Marcus Hold, introducing presenter, Karl Bos, to the still unfinished Ai -Da for the first time for BBC World Service programme, In The Studio:

Karl Bos
It’s very strange because on first glance she looks incredibly scary, a bit like a dystopian robot from the future but when you see her move and express she becomes incredibly cute.

Marcus Hold
People tend to refer to them as ‘he’ or ‘she’, they’re drawn to the robots. So much of our communication is non-verbal – I’m gesturing with my arms, I’m smiling… and our robots – a big part of their appeal and their human nature is in the way they behave and move and it’s great that you’re picking up on that from something that has no skin.

Sam
When Karl first meets Ai-Da he sees a wired-up metal skull without skin. She looks like a robot from a dystopia - an imaginary future world where everything is bad – like the movie ‘Robocop’.

Neil
But as Karl spends more time with Ai-Da he begins to see her move and express herself. She smiles, blinks and uses facial expressions and hand gestures known as non-verbal communication to appear more human.

Sam
This human-like behaviour is part of Ai-Da’s appeal - the quality in someone that makes them attractive and interesting – and soon Karl is calling the robot ‘she’ instead of ‘it’.

Neil
Former art gallery owner, Aidan Mellor, manages the Ai-Da project. Here he is speaking to BBC World Service’s, In The Studio, about the complex process involved in building a working robot:

Aidan Meller
We’ve got the programmers and researchers working at Oxford University and Goldsmiths and they’re doing their algorithmic programming, programming the AI that is going to be eventually used for the art pieces that we’re doing… But we’ve also got a couple of guys who are actually working on her arm – her ability to draw – and actually getting her to do a compelling drawing of what she sees. There’s some battles still to be won before the show, we will eventually hopefully iron out all the issues before that time.

Sam
One challenge the team faced was building a robotic arm that could allow Ai-Da to draw pictures that were compelling – exciting, interesting and able to keep your attention.

Neil
In combining an electronic AI brain with mechanical robot eyes and arms there were many battles to be won – difficulties and technical obstacles to be overcome.

Sam
And at the time of the interview, the team still had some issues to iron out – removing problems by finding solutions – before Ai-Da’s opening show: an exhibition of her artwork at The Design Museum in London.

Neil
Amazing! It’s nice to think that a robot could be the next Picasso instead of an out-of-control sci-fi policeman!

Sam
Yes, and the whole project was inspired by a real-life woman – whose name was? What was the answer to your quiz question, Neil?

Neil
Ah yes, I asked Sam which famous Ada was the real-life inspiration behind the robot, Ai-Da.

Sam
I said, b) Ada Lovelace. Was I right?

Neil
You were… right, Sam! Ai-Da is named after Ada Lovelace, the 19th century English mathematician and first computer programmer in the world.

Sam
OK, Neil. Let’s recap the vocabulary from this programme, starting with dystopia - an imaginary future society where everything is bad.

Neil
Non-verbal communication is communication using physical gestures and facial expressions instead of speech.

Sam
The appeal of something is a quality it has which people find attractive.

Neil
If something is compelling, it holds your attention because you find it so interesting.

Sam
A battle to be won means a problem to be solved or an obstacle to overcome.

Neil
And finally, to iron something out means to remove or find solutions to a problem.

Sam
With artificial intelligence improving so fast it may not be too long before we see robot presenters of Six Minute English!

Neil
But until Sam and I are replaced by AI we hope you’ll join us again next time for more trending topics and useful vocabulary, here at BBC Learning English. Bye for now!

Sam
Goodbye!

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20.09.21 в 06:05

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