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From the Ted Talk "Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?"

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The Apollo mission, which has become a kind of metaphor for technology's capacity to solve big problems, met these criteria. But it is an ______________ _____ for the future. It is not 1961. There is no galvanizing contest like the Cold War, no politician like John Kennedy who can _______ the difficult and the dangerous, and no _______ science fictional mythology such as exploring the _____ system. Most of all, going to the moon turned out to be easy. It was just three days away. And arguably it wasn't even _______ much of a problem.

Solution

  1. heroize
  2. solving
  3. solar
  4. irreproducible
  5. popular
  6. model

Original Text

The Apollo mission, which has become a kind of metaphor for technology's capacity to solve big problems, met these criteria. But it is an irreproducible model for the future. It is not 1961. There is no galvanizing contest like the Cold War, no politician like John Kennedy who can heroize the difficult and the dangerous, and no popular science fictional mythology such as exploring the solar system. Most of all, going to the moon turned out to be easy. It was just three days away. And arguably it wasn't even solving much of a problem.

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big problems 12
solve big 8
silicon valley 4

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solve big problems 8

Important Words

  1. apollo
  2. arguably
  3. big
  4. capacity
  5. cold
  6. contest
  7. criteria
  8. dangerous
  9. days
  10. difficult
  11. easy
  12. exploring
  13. fictional
  14. future
  15. galvanizing
  16. heroize
  17. irreproducible
  18. john
  19. kennedy
  20. kind
  21. met
  22. metaphor
  23. mission
  24. model
  25. moon
  26. mythology
  27. politician
  28. popular
  29. problem
  30. problems
  31. science
  32. solar
  33. solve
  34. solving
  35. system
  36. turned
  37. war