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Continuous technological advances are critical to many types of busine

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Continuous technological advances are critical to many types of business, because they allow machines to do the work previously done by humans — and they don’t have to be compensated. Banking executives are always looking for ways to cut costs, so they support a heavy emphasis on automated technology in the workplace. Yet what customers look for most in their banks is to be recognized by their teller and feel a sense of familiarity and friendliness upon entering, so the reliance of banks on machines should be minimized, rather than exacerbated.

Which of the following best outlines the main idea of the argument?

(A) Banks should reduce their dependence on technology.

(B) Bank patrons desire personal attention.

(C) Machines can work faster than humans.

(D) Bank executives are a greedy bunch.

(E) Bank automation is inevitable.

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16 Feb 2019, 01:36
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Technology does not necessarily have to be focused on interaction with customers, it could be applied at other levels per example software for cell phone apps, that is why I am not understanding A being the answer,"Banks should reduce their dependence on technology" .
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17 Feb 2019, 18:07
I would say B is the right answer, costumers are looking for a familiar sense. Why A is the correct answer?

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18 Feb 2019, 12:42
RaquelR1409 wrote:
I would say B is the right answer, costumers are looking for a familiar sense. Why A is the correct answer?

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In B They are specifically metioning bank patrons, which is a particular set of customers. The conclusion should be true for all the customers and not a particular set. WHile in option A it is clearly mentioned that bank should decrease their dependency on technology. That gives a more overall view.
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26 Feb 2019, 02:27
Bunuel wrote:
Continuous technological advances are critical to many types of business, because they allow machines to do the work previously done by humans — and they don’t have to be compensated. Banking executives are always looking for ways to cut costs, so they support a heavy emphasis on automated technology in the workplace. Yet what customers look for most in their banks is to be recognized by their teller and feel a sense of familiarity and friendliness upon entering, so the reliance of banks on machines should be minimized, rather than exacerbated.

Which of the following best outlines the main idea of the argument?

(A) Banks should reduce their dependence on technology.

(B) Bank patrons desire personal attention.

(C) Machines can work faster than humans.

(D) Bank executives are a greedy bunch.

(E) Bank automation is inevitable.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

A. Asking for the main point of an argument is another sneaky way of getting you to pick out the conclusion. This paragraph makes it easy for you because the conclusion follows the so in the last sentence: Banks should rely less on machines. The first sentence of the argument equates machines with technological advances, which means that you can say
that the main point is that banks should rely less on technology, Choice (A).

Choices (C), (D), and (E) require you to make assumptions that aren’t supported by the argument. Because you read newspaper headlines, you may think that Choice (D)’s assertion about the avarice of bank executives is a foregone conclusion, but, alas, it isn’t mentioned in the argument. (You should also have been alerted by the debatable word inevitable in Choice [E]). The paragraph does suggest that bank patrons want personal attention (Choice [B]), but this statement is a premise rather than the conclusion. So the correct answer is Choice (A).
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