Technophobe’s Delight / ‘Gadget Glut’ by Etgar Keret (Yes, same guy who owns the world’s thinnest house – in Lesson 7!)
Inventions that changed the world
The ‘Plain People’ – the Amish:
The Amish – A People of Preservation (video):
Genetically modified food:
Anti-Cheater Drone @ Exams:
The Air Shepherd Initiative – drone technology to stop poaching of elephants and rhinos (video):
Nike Shoe Technology – helping people with disabilities:
Textiles as technology
An app that allows the blind get assistance from sighted people when needed:
Google’s Project Soli (with video):
‘Smart’ bamboo whisk revolutionises the art of the Japanese tea ceremony:
Superintelligence a threat to humans?
Grammar – Conditionals
- Used to talk about real possibilities
- If + present simple + may / will / might / should + infinitive without to
- E.g. If you ask her, she’ll (she will) answer your question.
- Used to talk about unreal situations in the present or future
- If + past simple + would / could / might + infinitive without to
- E.g. If you were a superhero(ine), what would you do?
- Used to talk about unreal situations in the past
- Used to express regrets or to criticise
- If + past perfect + would / could / might + have + past participle
- E.g. If she had participated in the race, she could have won a medal.
- E.g. If I had studied harder, I would have got better grades. (regrets)
For Mixed Conditionals and more details, see Language Reference page 148
Homework Monday 01.06.15 – Answer Key
Page 119, Ex. 11 Grammar – Correct the sentences. (Some can be corrected in two ways).
I’dI’ll buy you a new tablet as long as you agree to study hard. / I’d buy you a new tablet as long as you agreed to study hard.
- Would you be interested in investing in more technology if you
havehad the chance?
- If I
startstarted this technology course, I think I’d do it differently.
- Imagine you had no access to the internet, what
willwould you do?
- Supposing that the computer
crashedcrashes, who will you phone?
- You can borrow my iPad provided that you
wouldbring it back tomorrow. (Note: the present tense is used in both clauses, but is a first conditional because it refers to future time.)