Trust in the App Era

Materials

TED Talk by Rachel Botsman

Pre-Listening Questions

  1. Why is trust important for a functional society?
  2. What institutions do you trust?

Keywords

stranger (noun)
[X] is counter to [Y], (set expression)
take a [X] leap (set expression)
elusive (adj.)
intrigue (verb, ed / ing adj.)
dodgy (adj.)
audacity (uncountable noun)
underpin (regular verb)
implication (noun)

Main Activity

Listen to the TED Talk to discuss the following:

  1. Do you agree with the speaker’s definition of trust “as a confident relationship to the unknown”?
  2. What are the three types of trust?
  3. Is distributed trust really making us more accountable?
  4. What are some possible downsides to constantly being rated?