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"From the Ted Talk by Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready"

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All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast auonmt of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of ceffoe. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your bowesrr and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that ppleoe don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but spospue it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some cisomc company. What is the eefcft? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.

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All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast ______ of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of ______. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your _______ and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that ______ don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but _______ it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some ______ company. What is the ______? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.

Solution

  1. coffee
  2. browser
  3. cosmic
  4. effect
  5. amount
  6. suppose
  7. people

Original Text

All right, so the bottom line is this: Because of the increase in speed, and because of the vast amount of habitable real estate in the cosmos, I figure we're going to pick up a signal within two dozen years. And I feel strongly enough about that to make a bet with you: Either we're going to find E.T. in the next two dozen years, or I'll buy you a cup of coffee. So that's not so bad. I mean, even with two dozen years, you open up your browser and there's news of a signal, or you get a cup of coffee. Now, let me tell you about some aspect of this that people don't think about, and that is, what happens? Suppose that what I say is true. I mean, who knows, but suppose it happens. Suppose some time in the next two dozen years we pick up a faint line that tells us we have some cosmic company. What is the effect? What's the consequence? Now, I might be at ground zero for this.

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