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From the Ted Talk by Chen Qiufan: A sci-fi vision of life in 2041

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It's 2041. The world is even stranger than fiction. Full of astonishing technologies and scientific advances. But there's still one thing that is very fmialiar. COVID is still with us. We've just figured out how to live with it. You haven't been outside of your apartment for three years. The pandemic of 2021 traumatized you. You still have the nheagrtims about losing your grandparents and despite advances, fear of infection has kept you inside and isolated. You've just found out that the lover you met in an immersive online game has flown halfway around the world to meet you. But now he's qnuiaeatnrd in the hospital, stricken with a new, extremely virelunt variant of the virus. It looks like he might die even before you met him. You dcdiee you've got to vutenre out, into the daungoers world beyond your four walls.

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It's 2041. The world is even stranger than fiction. Full of astonishing technologies and scientific advances. But there's still one thing that is very ________. COVID is still with us. We've just figured out how to live with it. You haven't been outside of your apartment for three years. The pandemic of 2021 traumatized you. You still have the __________ about losing your grandparents and despite advances, fear of infection has kept you inside and isolated. You've just found out that the lover you met in an immersive online game has flown halfway around the world to meet you. But now he's ___________ in the hospital, stricken with a new, extremely ________ variant of the virus. It looks like he might die even before you met him. You ______ you've got to _______ out, into the _________ world beyond your four walls.

Solution

  1. dangerous
  2. nightmares
  3. familiar
  4. venture
  5. decide
  6. virulent
  7. quarantined

Original Text

It's 2041. The world is even stranger than fiction. Full of astonishing technologies and scientific advances. But there's still one thing that is very familiar. COVID is still with us. We've just figured out how to live with it. You haven't been outside of your apartment for three years. The pandemic of 2021 traumatized you. You still have the nightmares about losing your grandparents and despite advances, fear of infection has kept you inside and isolated. You've just found out that the lover you met in an immersive online game has flown halfway around the world to meet you. But now he's quarantined in the hospital, stricken with a new, extremely virulent variant of the virus. It looks like he might die even before you met him. You decide you've got to venture out, into the dangerous world beyond your four walls.

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