Answer Key: MIT

Lesson Plan:  MIT: AI Powered Chats From Beyond the Grave!

II. While Reading Activities


Word Inference

  1. immortal  |i(m)ˈmôrtl| adjective-living forever; never dying or decaying: our mortal bodies are inhabited by immortal souls.
  2. entrepreneurs |ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or, -ˈnər| noun a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
  3. curated |ˈkyo͝oˌrāt| verb [ with obj. ] select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition): both exhibitions are curated by the museum’s director.
  4. creepy |ˈkrēpē|-adjective ( creepier , creepiest ) informal causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease: the creepy feelings one often gets in a strange house.
  5. legacy |ˈlegəsē| noun ( pl. legacies )- a thing handed down by a predecessor: the legacy of centuries of neglect.
  6. pragmatic |pragˈmatik| adjective- dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations: a pragmatic approach to politics.
  7. fragments |ˈfragmənt|  noun- a small part broken or separated off something: small fragments of pottery, glass, and tiles.
  8. Avatars |ˈavəˌtär|  noun- Computing an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.
  9. mourn |môrn| verb [ with obj. ]- feel or show deep sorrow or regret for (someone or their death), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black clothes: Isabel mourned her husband
  10. explicitly |ikˈsplisit| adjective- stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt: the speaker’s intentions were not made explicit .

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- Life-logging is all the rage for today’s 20- 30- and 40-somethings.
  2. T- invites users to “Simply Become Immortal”.
  3. F- The website’s had 40,000 visitors as of noon on Thursday.
  4. F- Nicholas Lee is  a member of the founding team.
  5. F- According to Marius Ursache people have a fear of not existing any more.
  6. T- One of the things that will  do is to generate an avatar that emulates your personality.
  7. F- The target market for this application is 30- to 35-year-olds.
  8. T- Some people think this idea of talking to dead people is creepy.
  9. T- There are people who explicitly want to keep “digital memories” made by their loved ones.
  10. T- The team says many responses they’ve encountered have been positive.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I. 1-One group of entrepreneurs thinks the secret to immortality lies in a digital time capsule.

II. 3-People are still worried about leaving behind a legacy.

III. 2-It’s the fear of not existing any more.