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From the Ted Talk "Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So what do we need in order to make nelvpdeoig nation megacities into Bright Green megacities? Well, the first thing we need is, we need lgogrfngeapi. And this is one of the things that we are looking for everywhere. The idea behind leapfrogging is that if you are a person, or a country, who is stuck in a oiuitants where you don't have the tools and technologies that you need, there's no reason for you to invest in last generation's technologies. Right? That you're much better off, almost universally, looking for a low-cost or locally applicable version of the newest technology. One place we're all familiar with seeing this is with cell phones. Right? All throughout the developing dwolr, people are going directly to cell phones, skipping the whole landline stage. If there are dlnlsenai in many developing world cities, they're usually pretty crappy systems that break down a lot and cost enormous amounts of money. So I rather like this picture here. I particularly like the asnheg in the background, talking on the cell peohn. So what we have, increasingly, is cell phones just permeating out through society. We've heard all about this here this week, so I won't say too much more than that, other than to say what is true for cell phones is teur for all ssrto of ogeleohncsti.

Open Cloze

So what do we need in order to make __________ nation megacities into Bright Green megacities? Well, the first thing we need is, we need ____________. And this is one of the things that we are looking for everywhere. The idea behind leapfrogging is that if you are a person, or a country, who is stuck in a _________ where you don't have the tools and technologies that you need, there's no reason for you to invest in last generation's technologies. Right? That you're much better off, almost universally, looking for a low-cost or locally applicable version of the newest technology. One place we're all familiar with seeing this is with cell phones. Right? All throughout the developing _____, people are going directly to cell phones, skipping the whole landline stage. If there are _________ in many developing world cities, they're usually pretty crappy systems that break down a lot and cost enormous amounts of money. So I rather like this picture here. I particularly like the ______ in the background, talking on the cell _____. So what we have, increasingly, is cell phones just permeating out through society. We've heard all about this here this week, so I won't say too much more than that, other than to say what is true for cell phones is ____ for all _____ of ____________.

Solution

  1. developing
  2. landlines
  3. leapfrogging
  4. ganesh
  5. phone
  6. world
  7. situation
  8. technologies
  9. true
  10. sorts

Original Text

So what do we need in order to make developing nation megacities into Bright Green megacities? Well, the first thing we need is, we need leapfrogging. And this is one of the things that we are looking for everywhere. The idea behind leapfrogging is that if you are a person, or a country, who is stuck in a situation where you don't have the tools and technologies that you need, there's no reason for you to invest in last generation's technologies. Right? That you're much better off, almost universally, looking for a low-cost or locally applicable version of the newest technology. One place we're all familiar with seeing this is with cell phones. Right? All throughout the developing world, people are going directly to cell phones, skipping the whole landline stage. If there are landlines in many developing world cities, they're usually pretty crappy systems that break down a lot and cost enormous amounts of money. So I rather like this picture here. I particularly like the Ganesh in the background, talking on the cell phone. So what we have, increasingly, is cell phones just permeating out through society. We've heard all about this here this week, so I won't say too much more than that, other than to say what is true for cell phones is true for all sorts of technologies.

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collocation frequency
developing world 8
cell phones 4
bright green 4
developed world 3

Important Words

  1. amounts
  2. applicable
  3. background
  4. break
  5. bright
  6. cell
  7. cities
  8. cost
  9. country
  10. crappy
  11. developing
  12. enormous
  13. familiar
  14. ganesh
  15. green
  16. heard
  17. idea
  18. increasingly
  19. invest
  20. landline
  21. landlines
  22. leapfrogging
  23. locally
  24. lot
  25. megacities
  26. money
  27. nation
  28. newest
  29. order
  30. people
  31. permeating
  32. person
  33. phone
  34. phones
  35. picture
  36. place
  37. pretty
  38. reason
  39. situation
  40. skipping
  41. society
  42. sorts
  43. stage
  44. stuck
  45. systems
  46. talking
  47. technologies
  48. technology
  49. tools
  50. true
  51. universally
  52. version
  53. week
  54. world