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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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Sometimes the world's most pressing and important problems are not these hicyatohptel future things that we could cetrae in the future. Sometimes the most pressing problems are the ones that are right underneath our nseos, the things that are already directing a billion people's thoughts. And maybe instead of getting excited about the new atmnegued rlatiey and virtual reality and these cool things that could happen, which are going to be susceptible to the same race for attention, if we could fix the race for aotitnetn on the thing that's already in a billion people's pockets. Maybe instead of getting excited about the most exciting new cool fancy education apps, we could fix the way kids' minds are getting manipulated into sending empty messages back and forth.

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Sometimes the world's most pressing and important problems are not these ____________ future things that we could ______ in the future. Sometimes the most pressing problems are the ones that are right underneath our _____, the things that are already directing a billion people's thoughts. And maybe instead of getting excited about the new _________ _______ and virtual reality and these cool things that could happen, which are going to be susceptible to the same race for attention, if we could fix the race for _________ on the thing that's already in a billion people's pockets. Maybe instead of getting excited about the most exciting new cool fancy education apps, we could fix the way kids' minds are getting manipulated into sending empty messages back and forth.

Solution

  1. noses
  2. create
  3. attention
  4. reality
  5. hypothetical
  6. augmented

Original Text

Sometimes the world's most pressing and important problems are not these hypothetical future things that we could create in the future. Sometimes the most pressing problems are the ones that are right underneath our noses, the things that are already directing a billion people's thoughts. And maybe instead of getting excited about the new augmented reality and virtual reality and these cool things that could happen, which are going to be susceptible to the same race for attention, if we could fix the race for attention on the thing that's already in a billion people's pockets. Maybe instead of getting excited about the most exciting new cool fancy education apps, we could fix the way kids' minds are getting manipulated into sending empty messages back and forth.

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Important Words

  1. apps
  2. attention
  3. augmented
  4. billion
  5. cool
  6. create
  7. directing
  8. education
  9. empty
  10. excited
  11. exciting
  12. fancy
  13. fix
  14. future
  15. happen
  16. hypothetical
  17. important
  18. manipulated
  19. messages
  20. minds
  21. noses
  22. pockets
  23. pressing
  24. problems
  25. race
  26. reality
  27. sending
  28. susceptible
  29. thoughts
  30. virtual