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From the Ted Talk by Tristan Harris: How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

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So I'm here tdoay because the costs are so obvious. I don't know a more urgent problem than this, because this problem is underneath all other problems. It's not just taking away our agency to spend our attention and live the lives that we want, it's changing the way that we have our cvtnoaoinress, it's changing our democracy, and it's changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships we want with each other. And it affects everyone, because a billion ppoele have one of these in their pkocet.

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So I'm here _____ because the costs are so obvious. I don't know a more urgent problem than this, because this problem is underneath all other problems. It's not just taking away our agency to spend our attention and live the lives that we want, it's changing the way that we have our _____________, it's changing our democracy, and it's changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships we want with each other. And it affects everyone, because a billion ______ have one of these in their ______.

Solution

  1. today
  2. conversations
  3. people
  4. pocket

Original Text

So I'm here today because the costs are so obvious. I don't know a more urgent problem than this, because this problem is underneath all other problems. It's not just taking away our agency to spend our attention and live the lives that we want, it's changing the way that we have our conversations, it's changing our democracy, and it's changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships we want with each other. And it affects everyone, because a billion people have one of these in their pocket.

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Important Words

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  4. attention
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  6. changing
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  8. costs
  9. democracy
  10. live
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