1982 was the year of information technology in Great Britain. But what exactly is infotech? 85% of the people <1> recently had not a clue what it means, <2> 53% of those polled said they thought it sounded pretty important.They were <3>.It is.So what is it? Well, put simply,it is the "marry-up"of products <4> several key industries:computers, telephone, televisions, satellites.
It means <5> microelectronics, telecommunication networks fibre optics <6> produce,store,obtain and send information by way of words,numbers,pictures and sound <7> and efficiency than ever before.
The <8> infotech is having and is going to have on our lives and work is tremendous.It is already linking the skills of the space industry with <9> of cable television,soprogrammes can be beamed directly into our homes <10> all over the world. Armies of "steel collar"workers,therobots,will soon be working in factories doing the boring,complex and <11> jobs which are at present still done by man. In some areas <12> the car industry this has already started. television will also be used to enable customers <13> from the comfort of their homes by simply ordering <14> the TV screen, payment being made by direct debit of their credit cards.The automatic booking of tickets will also be done through the television <15>. Cable television <16> in many countries now gives a choice of <17> channels will soon be used to <18> our homes by operating burglar and fire alarms <19> to police and fire stations.Computers will run our homes,controling the heating,air-conditioned and cooking systems <20> robot will cope with the housework.the friendly postman will be a thing of the past as the post service and letters disappear with the electronic mail received via viewdata screens.
1.A. chance B. surprise C. turn D. plane
2.A. sight B. hold C. half D. sign
3.A. about B. over C. of D. through
4.A. putting B. extending C. reaching D. letting
5.A. peasants B. gentlemen C. scholars D. managers
6.A. rich B. hungry C. strong D. poor
7.A. very B. just C. worthy D. able
8.A. before B. until C. after D. at
9.A. Because B. Since C.Where D. As
10.A. never B. do you C. not D. don't
11.A. thought B. condition C. situation D. note
12.A. passed B. to C. past D. for
13.A. water B. more C. money D. rice
14.A. spend B. count C. write D. pay
15.A. big B. smaller C. rich D. full
16.A. promised B. hoped C. thought D. decide
17.A. master B. waiter C. note D. eyes
18.A. raised B. lowered C. changed D. struck
19.A. when B. whenever C. if D. whether
20.A. suggested B. insisted C. asked D. required