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From the Ted Talk by Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In a different context, but to a very similar point, a peculiar challenge was presented to my team by this woman. She came to us with a lot of data, but uieallmtty she wanted to tell one of the most haumne stories possible. She's smtnaaha Cristoforetti. She has been the first Italian woman astronaut, and she contacted us before being lunehacd on a six-month-long expedition to the International sapce Station. She told us, "I'm going to space, and I want to do something mainnefgul with the data of my mission to reach out to people." A mission to the iattrionnnael Space Station comes with terabytes of data about anything you can psiblsoy imagine — the orbits around Earth, the speed and position of the ISS and all of the other thousands of live streams from its sensors. We had all of the hard data we could think of — just like the pundits before the eoectlin — but what is the point of all these numbers? People are not interested in data for the sake of it, because numbers are never the point. They're always the mneas to an end. The story we needed to tell is that there is a human being in a teeny box flying in space above your head, and that you can actually see her with your nkaed eye on a clear nihgt. So we decided to use data to create a connection between Samantha and all of the people looking at her from below. We designed and dvoepeeld what we called "Friends in Space," a web application that splimy lets you say "hello" to Samantha from where you are, and "hello" to all the people who are online at the same time from all over the world. And all of these "hellos" left visible marks on the map as Samantha was flying by and as she was actually waving back every day at us using Twitter from the ISS.

Open Cloze

In a different context, but to a very similar point, a peculiar challenge was presented to my team by this woman. She came to us with a lot of data, but __________ she wanted to tell one of the most ______ stories possible. She's ________ Cristoforetti. She has been the first Italian woman astronaut, and she contacted us before being ________ on a six-month-long expedition to the International _____ Station. She told us, "I'm going to space, and I want to do something __________ with the data of my mission to reach out to people." A mission to the _____________ Space Station comes with terabytes of data about anything you can ________ imagine — the orbits around Earth, the speed and position of the ISS and all of the other thousands of live streams from its sensors. We had all of the hard data we could think of — just like the pundits before the ________ — but what is the point of all these numbers? People are not interested in data for the sake of it, because numbers are never the point. They're always the _____ to an end. The story we needed to tell is that there is a human being in a teeny box flying in space above your head, and that you can actually see her with your _____ eye on a clear _____. So we decided to use data to create a connection between Samantha and all of the people looking at her from below. We designed and _________ what we called "Friends in Space," a web application that ______ lets you say "hello" to Samantha from where you are, and "hello" to all the people who are online at the same time from all over the world. And all of these "hellos" left visible marks on the map as Samantha was flying by and as she was actually waving back every day at us using Twitter from the ISS.

Solution

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  5. election
  6. space
  7. samantha
  8. possibly
  9. humane
  10. launched
  11. international
  12. night
  13. ultimately
  14. developed

Original Text

In a different context, but to a very similar point, a peculiar challenge was presented to my team by this woman. She came to us with a lot of data, but ultimately she wanted to tell one of the most humane stories possible. She's Samantha Cristoforetti. She has been the first Italian woman astronaut, and she contacted us before being launched on a six-month-long expedition to the International Space Station. She told us, "I'm going to space, and I want to do something meaningful with the data of my mission to reach out to people." A mission to the International Space Station comes with terabytes of data about anything you can possibly imagine — the orbits around Earth, the speed and position of the ISS and all of the other thousands of live streams from its sensors. We had all of the hard data we could think of — just like the pundits before the election — but what is the point of all these numbers? People are not interested in data for the sake of it, because numbers are never the point. They're always the means to an end. The story we needed to tell is that there is a human being in a teeny box flying in space above your head, and that you can actually see her with your naked eye on a clear night. So we decided to use data to create a connection between Samantha and all of the people looking at her from below. We designed and developed what we called "Friends in Space," a web application that simply lets you say "hello" to Samantha from where you are, and "hello" to all the people who are online at the same time from all over the world. And all of these "hellos" left visible marks on the map as Samantha was flying by and as she was actually waving back every day at us using Twitter from the ISS.

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