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From the Ted Talk "Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises"

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Now, today, less than one-tenth of one percent of the world's population are scientists and sneeneigr. (Laughter) The United States has been an idea leader. A large fraction of those people are in the United States. But the U.S. is olsgin its deia leadership. And for that I am very grateful. That is a good thing. It is nrtuetfoa that we are becoming less of an idea dlaree because for too long the United States, and a handful of other developed icsouetnr, have shouldered the entire burden of research and development. But consider the following: if the world as a whole were as wealthy as the United tsates is now there would be more than five times as many scientists and engineers contributing to ideas which benefit everyone, which are shared by everyone. I think of the great Indian mathematician, Ramanujan. How many Ramanujans are there in India today toiling in the fields, barely able to deef themselves, when they could be feeding the world? Now we're not there yet. But it is going to happen in this century. The real tragedy of the last cynreut is this: if you think about the world's population as a giant computer, a massively parallel processor, then the great gaytder has been that billions of our processors have been off line. But in this century hnica is coming on line. India is coming on line. Africa is coming on line. We will see an Einstein in Africa in this century.

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Now, today, less than one-tenth of one percent of the world's population are scientists and _________. (Laughter) The United States has been an idea leader. A large fraction of those people are in the United States. But the U.S. is ______ its ____ leadership. And for that I am very grateful. That is a good thing. It is _________ that we are becoming less of an idea ______ because for too long the United States, and a handful of other developed _________, have shouldered the entire burden of research and development. But consider the following: if the world as a whole were as wealthy as the United ______ is now there would be more than five times as many scientists and engineers contributing to ideas which benefit everyone, which are shared by everyone. I think of the great Indian mathematician, Ramanujan. How many Ramanujans are there in India today toiling in the fields, barely able to ____ themselves, when they could be feeding the world? Now we're not there yet. But it is going to happen in this century. The real tragedy of the last _______ is this: if you think about the world's population as a giant computer, a massively parallel processor, then the great _______ has been that billions of our processors have been off line. But in this century _____ is coming on line. India is coming on line. Africa is coming on line. We will see an Einstein in Africa in this century.

Solution

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  2. century
  3. countries
  4. idea
  5. fortunate
  6. states
  7. tragedy
  8. china
  9. losing
  10. leader
  11. engineers

Original Text

Now, today, less than one-tenth of one percent of the world's population are scientists and engineers. (Laughter) The United States has been an idea leader. A large fraction of those people are in the United States. But the U.S. is losing its idea leadership. And for that I am very grateful. That is a good thing. It is fortunate that we are becoming less of an idea leader because for too long the United States, and a handful of other developed countries, have shouldered the entire burden of research and development. But consider the following: if the world as a whole were as wealthy as the United States is now there would be more than five times as many scientists and engineers contributing to ideas which benefit everyone, which are shared by everyone. I think of the great Indian mathematician, Ramanujan. How many Ramanujans are there in India today toiling in the fields, barely able to feed themselves, when they could be feeding the world? Now we're not there yet. But it is going to happen in this century. The real tragedy of the last century is this: if you think about the world's population as a giant computer, a massively parallel processor, then the great tragedy has been that billions of our processors have been off line. But in this century China is coming on line. India is coming on line. Africa is coming on line. We will see an Einstein in Africa in this century.

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