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

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I hear once in a while, "OK, I'll grant you that, but __________ is still a tool for the rich world, and what's not happening, these digital tools are not improving the lives of people at the bottom of the _______." And I want to say to that very clearly: nonsense. The bottom of the pyramid is benefiting hugely from technology. The economist Robert Jensen did this _________ study a while back where he _______, in great ______, what ________ to the fishing villages of Kerala, India, when they got mobile phones for the very first time. And when you write for the Quarterly Journal of Economics, you have to use very dry and very circumspect language. But when I read his paper, I kind of feel Jensen is trying to scream at us and say, "Look, this was a big deal. ______ stabilized, so people could plan their economic lives. Waste was not _______ — it was eliminated. And the _____ of both the ______ and the sellers in these villages measurably improved."

Solution

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  6. reduced
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  8. technology
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Original Text

I hear once in a while, "OK, I'll grant you that, but technology is still a tool for the rich world, and what's not happening, these digital tools are not improving the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid." And I want to say to that very clearly: nonsense. The bottom of the pyramid is benefiting hugely from technology. The economist Robert Jensen did this wonderful study a while back where he watched, in great detail, what happened to the fishing villages of Kerala, India, when they got mobile phones for the very first time. And when you write for the Quarterly Journal of Economics, you have to use very dry and very circumspect language. But when I read his paper, I kind of feel Jensen is trying to scream at us and say, "Look, this was a big deal. Prices stabilized, so people could plan their economic lives. Waste was not reduced — it was eliminated. And the lives of both the buyers and the sellers in these villages measurably improved."

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