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Computers Beat Humans at Car Racing

Ever since an IBM computer defeated a world-class chess champion, people have been fascinated by competitions pitting humans against computers. A recent example involves a popular racing game called Gran Turismo Sport. In this video game, cars driven by artificial intelligence (AI) demonstrate a remarkable ability to learn quickly enough to beat some of the world’s most experienced human gamers. Listen to hear how AI drivers beat their human counterparts and what might be learned from the outcome.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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