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高三阅读理解Moving smoothly and silently through Alibaba Group

时间:2019-08-14 19:19  作者:Edmond  来源:www.2abc8.com

Moving smoothly and silently through Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s futuristic “FlyZoo”hotel,black disc-shaped robots about a metre in height deliver food and drop off fresh towels.

The robots are part of a set of high-tech tools that Alibaba says strongly cuts the hotel’s cost of human labour and eliminates the need for guests to interact with other people.

Formally opened to the public last month,the 290-room FlyZoo is an incubator for technology Alibaba wants to sell to the hotel industry in the future and an opportunity to showcase its prowess in artificial intelligence.It is also an experiment that tests consumer comfort levels with unmanned commerce in China.

Inside the hotel,softly-lit white panelled walls bring to mind the interiors of Hollywood spaceships.Guests check in at podiums that scan their faces,as well as passports or other ID.Visitors with a Chinese national ID can scan their faces using their smartphones to check in ahead of time.

Elevators scan guests’faces again to verify which floor they can access and hotel room doors are opened with another face scan.

“It’s very quick and safe.I haven’t used it much yet,but basically,I can be in my room in one minute,”said guest Tracy Li.Li added that safety was one of her priorities and she was pleased her room could only be entered with a scan of her face.

In the rooms,Alibaba’s voice command technology is used to change the temperature,close the curtains,adjust the lighting and order room service.

At the hotel’s restaurant,taller capsule-shaped robots deliver food that guests have ordered via the FlyZoo app while at a separate bar,a large robotic arm can mix more than 20 different types of cocktails.Facial recognition cameras add charges to the room rate automatically.

The hotel does employ humans,though Alibaba declined to detail how many.This includes chefs and cleaners as well as reception staff,who will assist with conventional check-in procedures for guests unwilling to have their faces scanned and want to use electronic key cards.

12. What does the underlined word“eliminates”in Paragraph 2 probably mean?

A. Removes. B. Meets.

C. Limits. D. Increases.

13. Why does Alibaba build the FlyZoo?

A. To cut the cost of consumers.

B. To compete with other hotels.

C. To experiment its artificial intelligence.

D. To make sure of the safety of guests.

14. What distinctive feature does the FlyZoo have?

A. It doesn’t need waiter sand cooks in the restaurant.

B. Its robots can mix cocktails and take food to the guests.

C. Guests can enter the room quickly without scanning.

D. Voice command technology meets all needs of guests.

15. What can we learn from the last paragraph?

A. Conventional things must be abolished.

B. Artificial intelligence has many advantages.

C. Personal information of guests is confidential.

D. Humans cannot be replaced completely.

【答案】12. A    13. C    14. B    15. D


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