Section A (30 points)
Directions: There are 2 passages in this part. Each passage is followed by
some questions or unfinished statements. For each of them there are 4 choices
marked A, B, C and D. You are required to choose the ONE that best fits into the
statement. Mark the corresponding letter on the Answer Sheet with a single line
through the centre.
Questions 11-15 are based on the following passage
Whether in the home or in the workplace, social robots are going to become
a lot more common in the next few years. Social robots are about to bring
technology to the everyday world in a more humanized way, said Cynthia Breazeal,
chief scientist at the robot company Jibo.
While household robots today do the normal housework, social robots will be
much more like companions than mere tools. For example, these robots will be
able to distinguish whether someone is happy or sad. This allows them to respond
more appropriately to the users.
The Jibo robot, arranged to ship later this year, is designed to be a
personalized assistant. You can talk to the robot, ask it questions, and make
requests for it to perform different tasks. The robot doesn’t just deliver
general answers to questions; it responds based on what it learns about each
individual in the household. It can do things such as reminding an elderly
family member to take medicine or take family photos.
Social robots are not just finding their way into the home. They have
potential applications in everything from education to health care and are
already finding their way into some of these spaces.
Fellow Robot is one company bringing social robots to the market. The
company’s “Oshbot” robot is built to assist customers in a store, which can help
the customers find items and help guide them to the product’s location in the
store. It can also speak different languages and make recommendations for
different items based on what the customer is shopping for.
The more interaction the robot has with humans, the more it learns. But
Oshbot, like other social robots, is not intended to replace workers, but to
work alongside other employees. “We have technologies to train social robots to
do things not for us, but with us,” said Breazeal.
11. How are social robots different from household robots?
A. They can control their emotions.
B. They are more like humans.
C. They do the normal housework.
D. They respond to users more slowly.
12. What can a Jibo robot do according to Paragraph 3?
A. Communicate with you and perform operations.
B. Answer your questions and make requests.
C. Take your family pictures and deliver milk.
D. Obey your orders and remind you to take pills.
13. What can Oshbot work as?
A. A language teacher. B. A tour guide.
C. A shop assistant. D. A private nurse.
14. We can learn from the last paragraph that social robots will .
A. train employees B. be our workmates
C. improve technologies D. take the place of workers
15. What does the passage mainly present?
A. A new design idea of household robots.
B. Marketing strategies for social robots.
C. Information on household robots.
D. An introduction to social robots.