Answer Key: Robot Dog Spot Helps with COVID-19

Lesson Plan:    Boston Dynamic’s Robot Dog Has Joined the Fight Against COVID-19

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. robot  |ˈrōˌbätˈrōbət| noun a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.
  2. encounter  |inˈkoun(t)ərenˈkoun(t)ər| an unexpected or casual meeting with someone or something.
  3. swathed  |swāT͟H| verb [with object] (usually be swathed in) wrap in several layers of fabric: his hands were swathed in bandages.
  4. agile |ˈajəl| adjective 1 able to move quickly and easily: Ruth was as agile as a monkey.
  5. notoriety ˌnōdəˈrīədē| noun the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed: the song has gained some notoriety in the press | she has a certain notoriety.
  6. stride |strīd| verb (past: strode |strōd| ; past participle stridden |ˈstridn| ) 1 [no object] walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction: he strode across the road | figurative : striding confidently toward the future.
  7. sentinel  |ˈsent(ə)nəl| noun a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
  8. collaboration kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n| noun 1 the action of working with someone to produce or create something: he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman.
  9. triage |trēˈäZH| noun  (in medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.
  10. diagnostic |ˌdīəɡˈnästik|  adjective concerned with the diagnosis of illness or other problems: a diagnostic tool. (of a symptom) distinctive, and so indicating the nature of an illness: there are five infections that are diagnostic of COVID-19.

Source:  New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Perry said the hospitals needed something different. Many had set up their COVID triage areas outdoors, on lawns or in parking lots. On such uneven surfaces, traditional robotics doesn’t make sense, he said. We need something that can handle this difficult terrain. Enter Spot, the latest in a long series of legged robots developed by Boston Dynamics.

Identify The  Speakers

Peter Chai, an emergency medicine doctor at the Brigham:  “This collaboration is really looking at how we can do all the things we do as emergency medicine physicians, but at a distance.”

Farah Dadabhoy, emergency room doctor: “The Brigham began real-world trials of the system last week, with a handful of patients who had agreed in advance to the robotic interviews. They’re loving it so far.”

Michael Perry, Boston Dynamics’ vice president of business development: “…as early as February the company began receiving inquiries from hospitals worldwide. Was it possible to use a Spot robot to conduct triage interviews?”