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From the Ted Talk by Jeanette Winterson: Is humanity smart enough to survive itself?

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250 years ago, we kick-started the Industrial Revolution. The machine age. It's when we first hear the buzzwords of the modern moment. drtiiopsun, acceleration. That's Karl Marx, actually. Acceleration of production, the fractoy system, acceleration of transport, the coming of the raiywlas. No need for ships to wait for the wind. Coal-fired, steam-powered. Acceleration of information. The global village. And it's when we start digging fossil fuels out of the gnroud in planet-changing quantities, when we start pushing crabon ddoixie into the atmosphere.

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250 years ago, we kick-started the Industrial Revolution. The machine age. It's when we first hear the buzzwords of the modern moment. __________, acceleration. That's Karl Marx, actually. Acceleration of production, the _______ system, acceleration of transport, the coming of the ________. No need for ships to wait for the wind. Coal-fired, steam-powered. Acceleration of information. The global village. And it's when we start digging fossil fuels out of the ______ in planet-changing quantities, when we start pushing ______ _______ into the atmosphere.

Solution

  1. ground
  2. disruption
  3. railways
  4. factory
  5. dioxide
  6. carbon

Original Text

250 years ago, we kick-started the Industrial Revolution. The machine age. It's when we first hear the buzzwords of the modern moment. Disruption, acceleration. That's Karl Marx, actually. Acceleration of production, the factory system, acceleration of transport, the coming of the railways. No need for ships to wait for the wind. Coal-fired, steam-powered. Acceleration of information. The global village. And it's when we start digging fossil fuels out of the ground in planet-changing quantities, when we start pushing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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