10-65 Smart Home

Unit 6, Lesson 6, ex.4 

When you’re not home, nagging little thoughts can start to crowd your mind. Did I turn the coffee maker off? Did I set the security alarm? Are the kids doing their homework or watching television?
With a smart home, you could quiet all of these worries with a quick trip online. When you’re home, the house takes care of you by playing your favourite song whenever you walk in or turning down the lights for a movie. Is it magic? No, it’s advanced technology. Smart homes connect all the devices in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you.
Anything in your home that uses electricity can be put on the home network. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control or computer, the home reacts.
Here are a few more examples of cool smart home tricks: Start heating the bedroom before you get out of bed so that it’s nice and warm when you get up. Turn on the coffee maker from bed. Feed your pets on a schedule with a preset amount of food. Program the television so that your children can watch only at certain times.
There are cameras that track your home outside. A video door phone provides more than a doorbell – you get a picture of who’s at the door. Motion sensors will send an alert when there’s movement around your house, and they can even tell the difference between pets and people. Door locks and garage doors can open automatically as your smartphone approaches. Door handles can open with scanned fingerprints or a four-digit code, no need to look for house keys.
Moreover, the most advanced garbage bins can monitor what you throw away and generate orders in online shops for replacement. Refrigerators that create dinner recipes based on the ingredients stored inside.
Smart homes obviously make life easier and more convenient. Whether you’re at work or on vacation, the smart home will send data on what’s going on.
Smart homes also provide some energy savings. The devices can go to “sleep” and wake up when commands are given. Lights are automatically turned off when a person leaves the room, and rooms can be heated or cooled based on who’s there at any given moment.
New technology promises great advantages for an elderly person living alone. Smart homes could remind the owner when it was time to take medicine, contact the hospital if they fell or feel bad and track how much the person was eating.
A smart home probably sounds like a nightmare to those people not comfortable with computers as sometimes you may find them difficult to operate.
Of course, there’s also the question of whether you need all this technology. Is our society really so lazy that we can’t switch on the lights? It’s an interesting argument, but smart homes are coming.

(1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘technology’?
(2) Is technology a good or a bad thing?
(3) What new technology could you not live without?
(4) Do you like reading about technology?
(5) Do you like using technology to learn?
(6) What do you think very old people think of modern technology?
(7) How has technology changed society?
(8) Has technology made us more impatient?
(9) Max Frisch said: "Technology is the knack of arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it." Do you agree with him?
(10) Mark Kennedy said: "All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - say little about his intelligence, but speak volumes about his laziness." Do you agree?
(11) What do you think of today’s technology?
(12) What do you think of tomorrow’s technology?
(13) Do you think we’ve become obsessed with technology?
(14) Do you always trust technology?
(15) Does technology ever let you down?
(16) What things would you never let technology replace?
(17) Has technology made our lives better than our grandparents’ lives?
(18) What technology is dangerous?
(19) Frank Lloyd Wright said: "If it [technology] keeps up, man will waste away all his limbs but the push-button finger." What does this mean? Do you like this quote?
(20) Alan M. Eddison said: "Modern technology... Owes ecology... An apology." What does this mean? Do you agree?
yes/no no
Well, I agree with you on the whole, but … Do you really think so?
I agree in principle with you that…; however… I can’t say I share your view on this…
I can agree with you to a certain extent but . I feel I must disagree…
You definitely have the point here but I’d like to add that  I respect your opinion of course, but on the other hand…
I take your point, however it seems to me that … Well, taking your point into consideration, I therefore must admit that …
It is certainly reasonable, however … Taking your point I still can’t help feeling that…
I’m not sure you’re right I’m afraid, I disagree with you …
I’m not sure about that …. I’m afraid I don’t see it this way …
I agree up to a point but … To tell you the truth I have a different opinion.
You could be right but … I wouldn’t say that, really.
But I thought … On the other hand,  
Yes, but … The other side of the coin is, however, that ... .
That’s not how I see it …. Another way of looking at this question is to ... .
That’s another pair of shoes… If on the one hand it can be said that ...the same is not true for ..
  Nevertheless, one should accept that ... . 
  According to some experts…
  We cannot ignore the fact that …
  The most common argument against this is that ... .

Socratic Questioning Pprompts

Questions for Clarification
What do you mean by__________?
What is your main point?
How does__________relate to_________?
Could you put it another way?
What do you think is the main issue here?
Let me see if I understand you: do you mean_______or__________?
Jane, could you summarize in your own words what Richard has said?
Richard, is that what you meant?
Could you give me an example?
Would this be an example:_______?
Could you explain that further?
Questions about the Initial Question or Issue
How can we find out?
What does this question assume?
Would_________put the question differently?
Can we break this question down at all?
Does this question lead to other questions or issues?
Questions that Probe Assumptions
What are you assuming?
What could we assume instead?
You seem to be assuming_________. Do I understand you correctly?
How would you justify taking this for granted?
Is this always the case? Why do you think the assumption holds here?
Questions that Probe Reasons and Evidence
What would be an example?
Could you explain your reasons to us?
Are those reasons adequate?
Do you have any evidence for that?
How could we find out if that is true?
Questions that Probe Origin or Source Questions
Where did you get this idea?
Have you been influenced by media?
What caused you to feel this way?
Questions that Probe Implications and Consequences
What are you implying by that?
What effect would that have?
What is an alternative?
If this is the case, then what else must be true?
Questions about Viewpoints or Perspectives
How would other groups of people respond? Why?
How could you answer the objection that__would make?
Can anyone see this another way?
What would someone who disagrees say?

Which of these ideas haven't been used / have been used in the text of the exercise 4(187)?

Which of them do you agree/disagree? Write your comments here below. You should log in to post your comments.


-1 # I agreeГригорьева Н.Н. 15.02.2021 10:06
I agree with the idea that for some people it will be very difficult to lean to handle it because they don't learn so fast (take some of my pupils for example - they are so lazy in learning physics)
+1 # I disagreeКсения Рацыбовская 16.02.2021 19:42
Цитирую Григорьева Н.Н.:
I agree with the idea that for some people it will be very difficult to lean to handle it because they don't learn so fast (take some of my pupils for example - they are so lazy in learning physics)

I disagree with your opinion, most people live in ordinary homes and they are not too lazy to turn off the lights on their own, and it seems to me that learning something new in the field of technology will seem interesting and accessible to them.
0 # Thank you for you comment, Ksusha.Григорьева Н.Н. 16.02.2021 23:38
But it seems to me that we are speaking about different things. You mean people's laziness in doing routine work. But I meant their abilities to learn doing smth which requires their mental efforts.

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