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1) 50 years ago people hadn’t even heard of computers and today we cannot imagine life without them.

2) Computer technology is the greatest and fastest-growing industry in the world. The first computer was the size of a minibus and weighed a ton while today its job can be done by a chip the size of a pin head. And the revolution is still going on.

3) Very soon we’ll have computers that we’ll wear on our wrists or even in our glasses and earrings. Such wearable computers are being developed in the USA.

4) Japan’s biggest mobile-phone company has just released its cleverest product so far, the i-mode, a mobile phone that allows you to move around the Internet as well as make calls.

5) People are already using the phone to check the news headlines, follow the stock market and even the latest jokes. Soon they will be able to buy cinema tickets and manage their bank accounts.

6) The next generation of computers will be able to talk and even think for themselves. They will contain electronic «neural networks».

7) Of course, they will be a lot simpler than human brains, but it will be a great step forward.

8 ) Such computers will help to diagnose illnesses, find minerals, understand and control the world’s money markets, identify criminals and control space travel.

9) Computer revolution is changing our life and our language too.

10) We are constantly making up new words or giving new meanings to old ones. For example, a mouse is a «small furry animal with a long tail» and «a small box used to operate a computer.»

#1. (…) How can you prove that computer revolution has a certain influence on our language?

#2. (…) Will newest computers be more complicated than our minds?

#3. (…) How can computers assist people in their future life activities?

#4. (…) What will the next generation computers comprise?

#5. (…) Is there any progress seen in computer making?

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