The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Unskilled means not skilled or not well-trained. Someone who is unskilled is not very good at something.

  • He is very unskilled at cooking, and his food always ends up in the trash.
  • She is very unskilled at tennis, and she keeps losing to her opponents.

To flip is to turn something upside down. When you flip a coin, you're trying to see which side is going to come up again.

  • The coin flipped six times before it landed on heads.
  • The book flipped several times before it finally fell open to the page that I wanted.

Teller is a word that is used to describe someone who works at a bank or a store. Teller is also used to describe someone who works at a casino, or who sells tickets to events.

  • I work at a bank, and I'm a teller.
  • Teller is also a word that is used to describe someone who sells tickets to events.

Disruptions are things that stop working or cause a problem. They can be small, like a light going out, or they can be bigger, like a riot.

  • The power went out during the disruption, and the whole building was in chaos.
  • The disruption at the protest caused a lot of anger and frustration.

Cheaply is used to describe something that is not expensive, but is not also quality. Cheaply made products are often not very durable or reliable.

  • The dress was cheaply made, and it was falling apart after only a few wearings.
  • The book was cheaply written, and it was full of spelling mistakes.

The seminal is the source of something's power or influence. It is the moment when something starts to have an effect.

  • The seminal moment was when he announced his candidacy.
  • The seminal moment for the new law was when it was passed by the parliament.