When Thoughts Control Machines

A brain-computer interface is a huge breakthrough for people with speech and motor problems. BCI thus represents hope for the millions of rare disease patients without cure today. However, this technology improvement also poses major practice and ethical dilemmas. As usual, its outcomes, for good or ill, will be down to what humans make of it.

Level: B2 / C1

Materials included:

  • General discussion questions
  • Article (380 words)
  • Skim reading task
  • Vocabulary matching (prep for video)
  • Video (The Economist) with comprehension questions
  • Cloze test: prepostions
  • Cloze test: every 8th word
  • Debate: Advantages and disadvantages
  • Debate topics

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91qx0LMdJtI

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