AI (Artificial Intelligence)

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 8, 2023 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Engaging English learners in discussions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents an excellent opportunity to develop their speaking and conversation skills. By delving into the intricacies of AI-related conversation questions, learners not only expand their vocabulary and improve their grammar, but they can also share their views and gain valuable insights into a rapidly evolving field.

This topic allows learners to express their opinions, speculate on future advancements, and explore the ethical implications of AI, fostering critical thinking and enhancing their ability to articulate thoughts in English.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What is AI?

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines designed to perform tasks that typically require human intellect. It involves creating computer programs that can think, learn and make decisions on their own.

AI systems are built to analyse vast amounts of data, recognise patterns and solve complex problems. They can be found in various applications, such as virtual assistants, recommendation algorithms and autonomous vehicles.

AI technology utilises techniques like machine learning, where computers learn from experience which involves training neural networks. In essence, AI aims to replicate human cognitive abilities, enabling machines to perform tasks intelligently and autonomously.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • automate (verb)
  • intelligent (adjective)
  • predict (verb)
  • automatically (adverb)
  • work out (phrasal verb)
  • game changer (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How do you think AI is currently being used in our daily lives?
  • Can you think of any potential benefits of AI technology?
  • Do you believe AI will replace human jobs in the future?
  • How do you feel about AI-powered virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa?
  • Can you think of any potential risks or dangers of relying heavily on AI?
  • What role do you think AI should play in education?
  • How can AI help with climate change?
  • Should there be regulations and guidelines in place for the development and use of AI technology?
  • How do you think AI will affect the future of healthcare?
  • What are your thoughts on the use of AI in diagnosing and treating medical conditions?
  • In what ways do you think AI can improve customer service experiences?
  • Can AI systems ever replace human teachers in the classroom?
  • Do you believe AI will have a significant impact on the entertainment industry? If so, how?
  • Can AI ever truly understand and empathise with human emotions?
  • Do you think AI will make humans less intelligent?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.