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Episode Info: In English, sometimes yes can mean no and no can mean yes. In this episode, Andrew and Morag tackle an example of such a tricky situation. Come join them as they explain all about the useful, but potentially difficult construction of do you mind if [something]?    Expressions included in the learning materials * Do you mind if [something]? * A do you mind if question * No, not at all (positive response) * Yes, I mind (negative response) * Yeah, that’s OK * I’d rather you not Sample transcript Andrew:           Some people are really interested in artificial intelligence and the role that it will play in the future. Other people don’t care at all. So I would say that I’m in the first camp. I really am interested in this topic. What about you, Suzanne? Are you interested in it? Have you thought about it much? What camp are you in? Suzanne:        I’m definitely not in the camp of I don’t care or don’t think about it. I have only seen examples of artificial intelligence on TV or in movies. But I haven’t really experienced artificial intelligence, except for my robot, Susan. Ugh … I do think about it, but it kind of scares me because I find the human qualities and human connections so important in the world that I get kind of scared that maybe robots would take over the world. Andrew:           Well, you’re not alone in this thought, because some of the world’s smartest people—like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates—they’ve all warned about the potential dangers of AI, of artificial intelligence. But I also think there can be good things with AI. And so today, you and I will have a chat about AI, and we’ll break this episode into two parts. The first part, I want to talk about the good news, the potential benefits of AI, the positive aspects. And then in the final half of the episode, we’ll go to the gloom and doom and we’ll talk the potential negative aspects of AI. Does that sound good to you? Suzanne:        That sounds good to me. Andrew:           OK. Let’s start with the good news. Suzanne:        OK. Good news first. Can you put on your thinking cap for a second? Suzanne:        Mmhmm.Read more »

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