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From the Ted Talk by C├ęsar Hidalgo: A bold idea to replace politicians

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So what would the Jacquard loom vrseion of this idea look like? It would be a very smiple system. ianmgie a system that you log in and you cretae your avatar, and then you're going to start training your avatar. So you can provide your avatar with your reading habits, or connect it to your social media, or you can connect it to other data, for example by taking psychological tests. And the nice thing about this is that there's no deception. You are not providing data to communicate with your fniders and flmaiy that then gets used in a political system. You are pviiodrng data to a system that is designed to be used to make political decisions on your behalf. Then you take that data and you cohsoe a taniirng algorithm, because it's an open marketplace in which different people can submit different algorithms to predict how you're going to vote, based on the data you have provided. And the system is open, so nobody controls the algorithms; there are algorithms that become more popular and others that become less popular. Eventually, you can audit the system. You can see how your avatar is working. If you like it, you can leave it on autopilot. If you want to be a little more controlling, you can actually choose that they ask you every time they're going to make a decision, or you can be anywhere in between. One of the resnoas why we use dmcecraoy so little may be because democracy has a very bad user interface. And if we improve the user interface of democracy, we might be able to use it more.

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So what would the Jacquard loom _______ of this idea look like? It would be a very ______ system. _______ a system that you log in and you ______ your avatar, and then you're going to start training your avatar. So you can provide your avatar with your reading habits, or connect it to your social media, or you can connect it to other data, for example by taking psychological tests. And the nice thing about this is that there's no deception. You are not providing data to communicate with your _______ and ______ that then gets used in a political system. You are _________ data to a system that is designed to be used to make political decisions on your behalf. Then you take that data and you ______ a ________ algorithm, because it's an open marketplace in which different people can submit different algorithms to predict how you're going to vote, based on the data you have provided. And the system is open, so nobody controls the algorithms; there are algorithms that become more popular and others that become less popular. Eventually, you can audit the system. You can see how your avatar is working. If you like it, you can leave it on autopilot. If you want to be a little more controlling, you can actually choose that they ask you every time they're going to make a decision, or you can be anywhere in between. One of the _______ why we use _________ so little may be because democracy has a very bad user interface. And if we improve the user interface of democracy, we might be able to use it more.

Solution

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  2. imagine
  3. family
  4. simple
  5. reasons
  6. create
  7. choose
  8. version
  9. providing
  10. friends
  11. training

Original Text

So what would the Jacquard loom version of this idea look like? It would be a very simple system. Imagine a system that you log in and you create your avatar, and then you're going to start training your avatar. So you can provide your avatar with your reading habits, or connect it to your social media, or you can connect it to other data, for example by taking psychological tests. And the nice thing about this is that there's no deception. You are not providing data to communicate with your friends and family that then gets used in a political system. You are providing data to a system that is designed to be used to make political decisions on your behalf. Then you take that data and you choose a training algorithm, because it's an open marketplace in which different people can submit different algorithms to predict how you're going to vote, based on the data you have provided. And the system is open, so nobody controls the algorithms; there are algorithms that become more popular and others that become less popular. Eventually, you can audit the system. You can see how your avatar is working. If you like it, you can leave it on autopilot. If you want to be a little more controlling, you can actually choose that they ask you every time they're going to make a decision, or you can be anywhere in between. One of the reasons why we use democracy so little may be because democracy has a very bad user interface. And if we improve the user interface of democracy, we might be able to use it more.

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