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"From the Ted Talk by Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?"

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There are some optimistic answers to this question, so some people will bring up the Age of Exploration and the opening up of the world. Others will talk about intellectual achievements in dpiilsciens like math that have helped us get a better hnalde on the world, and other folk will talk about periods when there was a deep flourishing of the arts and senicces. So this debate will go on and on. It's an endless dbeate and there's no clsinoucve, snlgie answer to it. But if you're a geek like me, you say, "Well, what do the data say?" And you sartt to do things like graph things that we might be iensteterd in — the total worldwide population, for example, or some measure of social development or the state of advancement of a society. And you start to plot the data, because, by this approach, the big stories, the big developments in hmuan history, are the ones that will bend these curves a lot.

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There are some optimistic answers to this question, so some people will bring up the Age of Exploration and the opening up of the world. Others will talk about intellectual achievements in ___________ like math that have helped us get a better ______ on the world, and other folk will talk about periods when there was a deep flourishing of the arts and ________. So this debate will go on and on. It's an endless ______ and there's no __________, ______ answer to it. But if you're a geek like me, you say, "Well, what do the data say?" And you _____ to do things like graph things that we might be __________ in — the total worldwide population, for example, or some measure of social development or the state of advancement of a society. And you start to plot the data, because, by this approach, the big stories, the big developments in _____ history, are the ones that will bend these curves a lot.

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Original Text

There are some optimistic answers to this question, so some people will bring up the Age of Exploration and the opening up of the world. Others will talk about intellectual achievements in disciplines like math that have helped us get a better handle on the world, and other folk will talk about periods when there was a deep flourishing of the arts and sciences. So this debate will go on and on. It's an endless debate and there's no conclusive, single answer to it. But if you're a geek like me, you say, "Well, what do the data say?" And you start to do things like graph things that we might be interested in — the total worldwide population, for example, or some measure of social development or the state of advancement of a society. And you start to plot the data, because, by this approach, the big stories, the big developments in human history, are the ones that will bend these curves a lot.

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