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From the Ted Talk by Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating

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Well, it truns out that these probably weren't bad guys. There were just bad for me. And as it happens, the algorithms that were setting us up, they weren't bad either. These algorithms were doing exactly what they were designed to do, which was to take our user-generated information, in my case, my résumé, and match it up with other people's information. See, the real preolbm here is that, while the algorithms work just fine, you and I don't, when confronted with blank windows where we're supposed to input our imafinoortn online. Very few of us have the ability to be totally and brutally hsnoet with ourselves. The other problem is that these websites are asking us questions like, are you a dog preosn or a cat person? Do you like horror films or romance fmils? I'm not looking for a pen pal. I'm looking for a husband. Right? So there's a certain amount of superficiality in that data.

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Well, it _____ out that these probably weren't bad guys. There were just bad for me. And as it happens, the algorithms that were setting us up, they weren't bad either. These algorithms were doing exactly what they were designed to do, which was to take our user-generated information, in my case, my résumé, and match it up with other people's information. See, the real _______ here is that, while the algorithms work just fine, you and I don't, when confronted with blank windows where we're supposed to input our ___________ online. Very few of us have the ability to be totally and brutally ______ with ourselves. The other problem is that these websites are asking us questions like, are you a dog ______ or a cat person? Do you like horror films or romance _____? I'm not looking for a pen pal. I'm looking for a husband. Right? So there's a certain amount of superficiality in that data.

Solution

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  2. turns
  3. honest
  4. information
  5. films
  6. problem

Original Text

Well, it turns out that these probably weren't bad guys. There were just bad for me. And as it happens, the algorithms that were setting us up, they weren't bad either. These algorithms were doing exactly what they were designed to do, which was to take our user-generated information, in my case, my résumé, and match it up with other people's information. See, the real problem here is that, while the algorithms work just fine, you and I don't, when confronted with blank windows where we're supposed to input our information online. Very few of us have the ability to be totally and brutally honest with ourselves. The other problem is that these websites are asking us questions like, are you a dog person or a cat person? Do you like horror films or romance films? I'm not looking for a pen pal. I'm looking for a husband. Right? So there's a certain amount of superficiality in that data.

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