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From the Ted Talk "Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet"

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And then they connect to the continent somewhere. They connect in a manhole like this. Literally, this is where the 5,000-mile cable plugs in. This is in Halifax, a cable that stretches from Halifax to adliner. And the landscape is changing. Three years ago, when I started ignkniht about this, there was one cable down the wenesrt coast of Africa, represented in this map by Steve Song as that thin black line. Now there are six cables and more coming, three down each coast. Because once a country gets plugged in by one cable, they ezaerli that it's not enough. If they're going to build an industry around it, they need to know that their cntcoieonn isn't tenuous but permanent, because if a cable breaks, you have to send a ship out into the water, hotrw a grappling hook over the desi, pick it up, find the other end, and then fuse the two ends back together and then dump it over. It's an intensely, etnlsiney physical process.

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And then they connect to the continent somewhere. They connect in a manhole like this. Literally, this is where the 5,000-mile cable plugs in. This is in Halifax, a cable that stretches from Halifax to _______. And the landscape is changing. Three years ago, when I started ________ about this, there was one _____ down the _______ coast of Africa, represented in this map by Steve Song as that thin black line. Now there are six cables and more coming, three down each coast. Because once a country gets plugged in by one cable, they _______ that it's not enough. If they're going to build an industry around it, they need to know that their __________ isn't tenuous but permanent, because if a cable breaks, you have to send a ship out into the water, _____ a grappling hook over the ____, pick it up, find the other end, and then fuse the two ends back together and then dump it over. It's an intensely, _________ physical process.

Solution

  1. ireland
  2. cable
  3. thinking
  4. side
  5. connection
  6. western
  7. intensely
  8. throw
  9. realize

Original Text

And then they connect to the continent somewhere. They connect in a manhole like this. Literally, this is where the 5,000-mile cable plugs in. This is in Halifax, a cable that stretches from Halifax to Ireland. And the landscape is changing. Three years ago, when I started thinking about this, there was one cable down the Western coast of Africa, represented in this map by Steve Song as that thin black line. Now there are six cables and more coming, three down each coast. Because once a country gets plugged in by one cable, they realize that it's not enough. If they're going to build an industry around it, they need to know that their connection isn't tenuous but permanent, because if a cable breaks, you have to send a ship out into the water, throw a grappling hook over the side, pick it up, find the other end, and then fuse the two ends back together and then dump it over. It's an intensely, intensely physical process.

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Important Words

  1. africa
  2. black
  3. breaks
  4. build
  5. cable
  6. cables
  7. changing
  8. coast
  9. coming
  10. connect
  11. connection
  12. continent
  13. country
  14. dump
  15. ends
  16. find
  17. fuse
  18. grappling
  19. halifax
  20. hook
  21. industry
  22. intensely
  23. ireland
  24. landscape
  25. line
  26. literally
  27. manhole
  28. map
  29. permanent
  30. physical
  31. pick
  32. plugged
  33. plugs
  34. process
  35. realize
  36. represented
  37. send
  38. ship
  39. side
  40. song
  41. started
  42. steve
  43. stretches
  44. tenuous
  45. thin
  46. thinking
  47. throw
  48. water
  49. western
  50. years