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Is There a Limit to Technological Progress?

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This video lesson contains 11 gapfill questions aimed at checking whether Intermediate (B2) students can hear (make out) advanced vocabulary that they possibly never heard before. Upper-intermediate (C1) and Proficient students are more likely to have already come across many of the words I cherrypicked from the video, but they, too, will find a bunch of useful vocabulary to take home. Due to the nature of the subject matter, I would use this lesson starting from high school level.
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This 5-minute TedEd video poses thought-provoking questions like, "How can we measure the technological advancedness of a civilization?" and "Will there be a point where we reach an actual limit of technological progress?" The pace of the narration is pretty relaxed, and the words are well articulated, so even intermediate students will be able to crack this lesson.
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4 minutes 34 seconds
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Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
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Listening comprehension
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1), Proficient (C2), Advanced (C1)
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This resource is intended for:High schoolers, Adults
High schoolers
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1. Fill the gap.
Many generations have felt they’ve reached theof technological advancement.
2. Fill the gap.
The tiny amount of energy we currently usenext to what we leave untapped.
3. Fill the gap.
We currently onlyabout 15 terrawatts of it, mostly by burning solar energy stored in fossil fuels.
4. Fill the gap.
The Earth gets only aof the Sun's energy, while the rest of its 400 yottawatts is wasted in dead space.
5. Fill the gap.
British cosmologist John Barrowcivilizations by the size of objects they control.
6. Fill the gap.
We currently touched the atomic level, though our control remains limited. But we couldgo much smaller in the future.
7. Fill the gap.
To get a sense of the extent to which that's true: the observable universe is 26larger than a human body.
8. Fill the gap.
Precision on a smaller scale lets us use energy more efficiently, andnew energy sources like nuclear fusion or even anti-matter.
9. Fill the gap.
A truly advanced civilization, then, would harness bothenergy and subatomic technologies.
10. Fill the gap.
If we find a Dyson sphere around a distant star, that's a prettysign of life.
11. Fill the gap.
Frighteningly enough, we've observed super dense celestial bodies about the size of a planet thatthe energy out of a much bigger star
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