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BBC随身英语--Like reality, only better? 喜欢现实, 只会更好?

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Like reality, only better? 喜欢现实, 只会更好?

 


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如果你相信来自硅谷的大肆宣传的话,那么下一个风靡技术界的大事件则将是“增强现实 AR”。虽然有些人对它的吸引力表示怀疑,但是像微软和阿里巴巴这样的大公司正在对这一新技术投入大笔资金。这究竟是什么东西呢?

课文内容

词汇: innovation 创新

We've landed on the moon and sent spacecraft to Mars. But how would you like to take a stroll around the red planet itself, having a closer look at the rocky Martian surface from all angles?

Well, for those of us who can't afford our own rocket ship, experiences like this are now a 'virtual' step closer, thanks to AR technology.

The letters stand for 'augmented1 reality', and even if it's not the most beautiful phrase in English, a lot of people in Silicon3 Valley think it will be the next big thing in tech.

AR refers to the process of displaying digital information on top of the physical world using an electronic device. The device could be a pair of smart glasses, a tablet or even a humble4 smartphone. And unlike 'virtual reality', or VR, users can physically5 move around and explore the digital world, instead of being restricted to a small area. This is particularly exciting for businesses.

Alex Kipman is the creator of the HoloLens – a headset which allows people to see and interact with holograms. During the 2016 TED2 Conference he even 'teleported' a hologram of a NASA scientist onto the stage with him, a stage which was transformed into a virtual Martian landscape.

In time, AR advocates hope it will allow us to interact with a whole world that is enhanced by multimedia6 provided by very clever computers – transforming not only business, but also fields like healthcare. A doctor could see patients around the world from the comfort of her own home.

Not everyone is convinced that either the technology or the world at large is ready. Google's pioneering pair of smart glasses Google Glass were deemed a "fascinating failure" by the BBC's technology correspondent.

And Kipman himself thinks we still have a long way to go before AR reaches its potential: "We will look back at this decade as being like cavemen in terms of technology," he said.

词汇表

spacecraft 宇宙飞船

Martian 火星的

virtual(双关语)几乎的,虚拟的

augmented 增强、扩增的

Silicon Valley (美国)硅谷

the next big thing 下一个(将要来临的)大事

tablet 平板电脑

headset (头戴式)耳机

holograms 全息图(一种三维图像)

teleported (利用特殊技术)远距离及时传输

advocates 倡导者

enhanced (被)增色,提高

at large 整体上,普遍的

pioneering 首创的,先驱性的

reaches its potential 充分释放、发挥它的潜力

cavemen (史前时代的)穴居人

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Do Silicon Valley entrepreneurs think AR is the biggest thing in tech?

2. What is the main difference between AR and VR?

3. True or false: A NASA scientist stood on stage with Alex Kipman.

4. Which short word meaning 'technology' was used in the article?

5. What does Alex Kipman compare our stage of technological7 development to?

2. 请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. The _________ surface is very hot and dry.

MartiancavemanSilicon ValleyMars

2. Many things are possible in _________ that you can't do in the real world.

enhancedhologramvirtualaugmented

3. The policy was introduced six months ago but its benefits haven't been felt by the population _________.

cavemenpotentialpioneeringat large

4. Devices such as headsets, _________ and smartphones can be used to experience AR.

tablethologramtabletsholograms

5. You have to work hard if you want to _________.

reach potentialreach your potentialreaches its potentialreaching your potential

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Do Silicon Valley entrepreneurs think AR is the biggest thing in tech?

Many believe it's the 'next big thing', so although it's not there yet, it will become very important.

2. What is the main difference between AR and VR?

AR allows people to move around the physical world while experiencing a virtual world, while VR restricts peoples' movement in the physical world.

3. True or false: A NASA scientist stood on stage with Alex Kipman.

False. A hologram of a NASA scientist was on stage with Alex Kipman.

4. Which short word meaning 'technology' was used in the article?

Tech.

5. What does Alex Kipman compare our stage of technological development to?

He says we're like "cavemen", which means a very limited stage of development.

2.请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处 。

1. The Martian surface is very hot and dry.

2. Many things are possible in virtual that you can't do in the real world.

3. The policy was introduced six months ago but its benefits haven't been felt by the population at large.

4. Devices such as headsets, tablets and smartphones can be used to experience AR.

5. You have to work hard if you want to reach your potential.


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1 Augmented b45f39670f767b2c62c8d6b211cbcb1a     
adj.增音的 动词augment的过去式和过去分词形式
参考例句:
  • 'scientists won't be replaced," he claims, "but they will be augmented." 他宣称:“科学家不会被取代;相反,他们会被拓展。” 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
  • The impact of the report was augmented by its timing. 由于发表的时间选得好,这篇报导的影响更大了。
2 ted 9gazhs     
vt.翻晒,撒,撒开
参考例句:
  • The invaders gut ted the village.侵略者把村中财物洗劫一空。
  • She often teds the corn when it's sunny.天好的时候她就翻晒玉米。
3 silicon dykwJ     
n.硅(旧名矽)
参考例句:
  • This company pioneered the use of silicon chip.这家公司开创了使用硅片的方法。
  • A chip is a piece of silicon about the size of a postage stamp.芯片就是一枚邮票大小的硅片。
4 humble ddjzU     
adj.谦卑的,恭顺的;地位低下的;v.降低,贬低
参考例句:
  • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
  • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。
5 physically iNix5     
adj.物质上,体格上,身体上,按自然规律
参考例句:
  • He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。
  • Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。
6 multimedia BnSzdj     
adj.多种手段的,多媒体的;n.多媒体
参考例句:
  • Multimedia is the combination of computer and video technology.多媒体是计算机和视频技术的结合。
  • Adam raised the issue of multimedia applications and much useful discussion ensued.亚当提出了多媒体应用的问题,从而引发了许多有益的讨论。
7 technological gqiwY     
adj.技术的;工艺的
参考例句:
  • A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change.一家成功的公司必须得跟上技术变革的步伐。
  • Today,the pace of life is increasing with technological advancements.当今, 随着科技进步,生活节奏不断增快。
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