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Restaurantes de Cingapura usam drones no lugar de garçons

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying waiter.

Due to a lack of staff, restaurateurs in Singapore have started to use drones to get food from the kitchens to the diners.

The robots fly over the heads of customers on paths charted by a computer.

But are these foodies ready for service without the human touch?

Transcrição em português:

É um pássaro? É um avião? Não, é um garçom voador.

Devido à escassez de mão-de-obra, alguns donos de restaurante de Cingapura passaram a usar drones para levar os pratos da cozinha até as mesas dos clientes.

Os robôs voam sobre a cabeça dos clientes em rotas traçadas por um computador.

Mas será que esses amantes da boa comida estão preparados para serem atendidos sem que haja um toque humano?

Vocabulary:

restaurateurs - people who own or run restaurants

drones - unmanned flying machines

diners - people who eat in a restaurant

charted - planned or mapped out

the human touch - being friendly and warm to other people

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

restaurateurs / drone / diners / charted / the human touch 1. Locations of public toilets in the capital should be __________ in a map before 2012, according to a report.

2. __________ in Surrey have been targeted by thieves who broke into their cars parked in the grounds of a restaurant.

3. Asian __________ in Glasgow say they have invented a new curry that will become the nation's favourite dish.

4. "There is nothing wrong with making smarter use of technology to help people manage health conditions… However, it is always important to ensure technology is only used where it delivers real benefits and to recognise that it is no substitute for __________."

5. The Chinese manufacturer of a __________ that crashed into the White House lawn earlier this week is taking action to prevent repeat incidents.

Answers:

Source: Call for London 2012 toilet map http://tinyurl.com/qy6ap99

2. Diners in Surrey have been targeted by thieves who broke into their cars parked in the grounds of a restaurant.

Source: Robbers target restaurant diners http://tinyurl.com/oxkkdre

3. Asian restaurateurs in Glasgow say they have invented a new curry that will become the nation's favourite dish.

Source: New curry craze in Glasgow http://tinyurl.com/kjcuqrg

4. "There is nothing wrong with making smarter use of technology to help people manage health conditions… However, it is always important to ensure technology is only used where it delivers real benefits and to recognise that it is no substitute for the human touch."

Source: 'A robot is my friend': Can machines care for elderly? http://tinyurl.com/ljp8uq3

5. The Chinese manufacturer of a drone that crashed into the White House lawn earlier this week is taking action to prevent repeat incidents.

Source: Drone maker DJI bans Washington flights after White House crash http://tinyurl.com/pgnlb5y