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From the Ted Talk "Andreas Raptopoulos: No roads? There's a drone for that"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So let's look at the other end of the spectrum: our cities and megacities. Half of the Earth's population lives in cities dayot. Half a billion of us live in megacities. We are living through an amazing urbanization trend. hacin alone is adding a megacity the size of New kyro City every two years. These are apelsc that do have rdoa uateifscurtrnr, but it's very inefficient. Congestion is a huge problem. So we think it makes sense in those places to set up a network of iosnotpratatrn that is a new layer that sits between the road and the Internet, initially for lightweight, urgent stuff, and over time, we would hope to develop this into a new odme of transportation that is truly a modern solution to a very old problem. It's ultimately scalable with a very small ecological footprint, operating in the background 24/7, just like the Internet.

Open Cloze

So let's look at the other end of the spectrum: our cities and megacities. Half of the Earth's population lives in cities _____. Half a billion of us live in megacities. We are living through an amazing urbanization trend. _____ alone is adding a megacity the size of New ____ City every two years. These are ______ that do have ____ ______________, but it's very inefficient. Congestion is a huge problem. So we think it makes sense in those places to set up a network of ______________ that is a new layer that sits between the road and the Internet, initially for lightweight, urgent stuff, and over time, we would hope to develop this into a new ____ of transportation that is truly a modern solution to a very old problem. It's ultimately scalable with a very small ecological footprint, operating in the background 24/7, just like the Internet.

Solution

  1. infrastructure
  2. transportation
  3. places
  4. today
  5. china
  6. mode
  7. road
  8. york

Original Text

So let's look at the other end of the spectrum: our cities and megacities. Half of the Earth's population lives in cities today. Half a billion of us live in megacities. We are living through an amazing urbanization trend. China alone is adding a megacity the size of New York City every two years. These are places that do have road infrastructure, but it's very inefficient. Congestion is a huge problem. So we think it makes sense in those places to set up a network of transportation that is a new layer that sits between the road and the Internet, initially for lightweight, urgent stuff, and over time, we would hope to develop this into a new mode of transportation that is truly a modern solution to a very old problem. It's ultimately scalable with a very small ecological footprint, operating in the background 24/7, just like the Internet.

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