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"From the Ted Talk by Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine"

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And so if you go and ask yourself, "What on Earth is artificial life?", let me give you a whirlwind tour of how all this stuff came about. And it started out quite a while ago, when someone wrote one of the first successful cmeputor viruses. And for those of you who aren't old enough, you have no idea how this ioncfetin was working — namely, through these floppy dskis. But the interesting thing about these computer vrius ionifncets was that, if you look at the rate at which the infection worked, they show this spiky behavior that you're used to from a flu virus. And it is in fact due to this arms race between hackers and operating system designers that things go back and forth. And the result is kind of a tree of life of these viruses, a plghenoyy that looks very much like the type of life that we're used to, at least on the viral level.

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And so if you go and ask yourself, "What on Earth is artificial life?", let me give you a whirlwind tour of how all this stuff came about. And it started out quite a while ago, when someone wrote one of the first successful ________ viruses. And for those of you who aren't old enough, you have no idea how this _________ was working — namely, through these floppy _____. But the interesting thing about these computer _____ __________ was that, if you look at the rate at which the infection worked, they show this spiky behavior that you're used to from a flu virus. And it is in fact due to this arms race between hackers and operating system designers that things go back and forth. And the result is kind of a tree of life of these viruses, a _________ that looks very much like the type of life that we're used to, at least on the viral level.

Solution

  1. disks
  2. virus
  3. infection
  4. infections
  5. phylogeny
  6. computer

Original Text

And so if you go and ask yourself, "What on Earth is artificial life?", let me give you a whirlwind tour of how all this stuff came about. And it started out quite a while ago, when someone wrote one of the first successful computer viruses. And for those of you who aren't old enough, you have no idea how this infection was working — namely, through these floppy disks. But the interesting thing about these computer virus infections was that, if you look at the rate at which the infection worked, they show this spiky behavior that you're used to from a flu virus. And it is in fact due to this arms race between hackers and operating system designers that things go back and forth. And the result is kind of a tree of life of these viruses, a phylogeny that looks very much like the type of life that we're used to, at least on the viral level.

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