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From the Ted Talk by Dina Zielinski: How we can store digital data in DNA

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But behind the scenes, storage is problematic. After all, the cloud is just a lot of hard drives. Now, most digital data, we could augre, is not really critical. Surely, we could just delete it. But how can we really know what's itmnropat today? We've learned so much about human history from drawings and wrntigis in caves, from stone tablets. We've dheeicpred languages from the Rosetta Stone. You know, we'll never really have the whole story, though. Our data is our story, even more so today. We won't have our record recorded on snote tablets. But we don't have to choose what is important now. There's a way to store it all. It turns out that there's a solution that's been around for a few billion yeras, and it's actually in this tube.

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But behind the scenes, storage is problematic. After all, the cloud is just a lot of hard drives. Now, most digital data, we could _____, is not really critical. Surely, we could just delete it. But how can we really know what's _________ today? We've learned so much about human history from drawings and ________ in caves, from stone tablets. We've __________ languages from the Rosetta Stone. You know, we'll never really have the whole story, though. Our data is our story, even more so today. We won't have our record recorded on _____ tablets. But we don't have to choose what is important now. There's a way to store it all. It turns out that there's a solution that's been around for a few billion _____, and it's actually in this tube.

Solution

  1. years
  2. important
  3. stone
  4. writings
  5. argue
  6. deciphered

Original Text

But behind the scenes, storage is problematic. After all, the cloud is just a lot of hard drives. Now, most digital data, we could argue, is not really critical. Surely, we could just delete it. But how can we really know what's important today? We've learned so much about human history from drawings and writings in caves, from stone tablets. We've deciphered languages from the Rosetta Stone. You know, we'll never really have the whole story, though. Our data is our story, even more so today. We won't have our record recorded on stone tablets. But we don't have to choose what is important now. There's a way to store it all. It turns out that there's a solution that's been around for a few billion years, and it's actually in this tube.

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