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From the Ted Talk by Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I'm going to satrt out by showing just one very boring technology slide. And then, so if you can just turn on the slide that's on. This is just a random slide that I pikced out of my file. What I want to show you is not so much the details of the slide, but the graneel form of it. This happens to be a slide of some analysis that we were doing about the power of RISC microprocessors versus the power of local area netokrws. And the interesting thing about it is that this slide, like so many technology slides that we're used to, is a sort of a straight line on a semi-log curve. In other words, every step here represents an order of magnitude in pmnaorfrece scale. And this is a new thing that we talk about tencoolhgy on semi-log curves. Something really weird is going on here. And that's bisalacly what I'm going to be talking about.

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So I'm going to _____ out by showing just one very boring technology slide. And then, so if you can just turn on the slide that's on. This is just a random slide that I ______ out of my file. What I want to show you is not so much the details of the slide, but the _______ form of it. This happens to be a slide of some analysis that we were doing about the power of RISC microprocessors versus the power of local area ________. And the interesting thing about it is that this slide, like so many technology slides that we're used to, is a sort of a straight line on a semi-log curve. In other words, every step here represents an order of magnitude in ___________ scale. And this is a new thing that we talk about __________ on semi-log curves. Something really weird is going on here. And that's _________ what I'm going to be talking about.

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  2. technology
  3. performance
  4. picked
  5. general
  6. basically
  7. networks

Original Text

So I'm going to start out by showing just one very boring technology slide. And then, so if you can just turn on the slide that's on. This is just a random slide that I picked out of my file. What I want to show you is not so much the details of the slide, but the general form of it. This happens to be a slide of some analysis that we were doing about the power of RISC microprocessors versus the power of local area networks. And the interesting thing about it is that this slide, like so many technology slides that we're used to, is a sort of a straight line on a semi-log curve. In other words, every step here represents an order of magnitude in performance scale. And this is a new thing that we talk about technology on semi-log curves. Something really weird is going on here. And that's basically what I'm going to be talking about.

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