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WEEK 3: THE ENVIRONMENT AND ART
WEEK 4: A GOOD LIFE

Listening comprehension

The TED talk you are going to watch focuses on two topics: the world of work and machine learning.

It is titled:The Jobs we’ll lose to machines – and the ones we won’t”. 

Look at the facts about the speaker and make predictions about the content of his speech.

Anthony Goldbloom

  • machine learning expert
  • co-founder and CEO of Kaggle, a Silicon Valley start-up which has used predictive modelling competitions to solve problems for NASA, Wikipedia, Ford and Deloitte
  • was named one of the 30 under 30 in technology by Forbes in 2011 and 2012

Discuss the following question.s

Which of the following tasks can machines perform these days? 

Why can some of these tasks be automated, while others cannot?

  1. assess credit risks from loan applications
  2. sort the mail by reading handwritten characters from zip codes
  3. launch a marketing campaign
  4. grade high-school essays
  5. diagnose a disease
  6. develop a business strategy