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"From the Ted Talk by Stewart Brand and Chris Anderson: Mammoths resurrected, geoengineering and other thoughts from a futurist"

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And so I said, why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet? And it went around and NASA got it and senators, secretaries got it, and various people in the Politburo got it, and it went around and around. And within two and a half years, about the time the Whole ertah Catalog came out, these images started to appear, and indeed, they did transform everything. And my idea of hacking civilization is that you try to do something lazy and ingenious and just sort of trick the suttioain. So all of these photographs that you see — and then the march for science last week, they were canryirg these Whole Earth banners and so on — I did that with no work. I sold those buttons for 25 cents apiece. So, you know, tawknieg the system is, I think, not only the most eicfeifnt way to make the system go in interesting ways, but in some ways, the safest way, because when you try to hrose the whole sytesm around in a big way, you can get into big horsing-around problems, but if you tewak it, it will adjust to the tweak.

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And so I said, why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet? And it went around and NASA got it and senators, secretaries got it, and various people in the Politburo got it, and it went around and around. And within two and a half years, about the time the Whole _____ Catalog came out, these images started to appear, and indeed, they did transform everything. And my idea of hacking civilization is that you try to do something lazy and ingenious and just sort of trick the _________. So all of these photographs that you see — and then the march for science last week, they were ________ these Whole Earth banners and so on — I did that with no work. I sold those buttons for 25 cents apiece. So, you know, ________ the system is, I think, not only the most _________ way to make the system go in interesting ways, but in some ways, the safest way, because when you try to _____ the whole ______ around in a big way, you can get into big horsing-around problems, but if you _____ it, it will adjust to the tweak.

Solution

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  2. efficient
  3. tweak
  4. situation
  5. earth
  6. carrying
  7. horse
  8. tweaking

Original Text

And so I said, why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet? And it went around and NASA got it and senators, secretaries got it, and various people in the Politburo got it, and it went around and around. And within two and a half years, about the time the Whole Earth Catalog came out, these images started to appear, and indeed, they did transform everything. And my idea of hacking civilization is that you try to do something lazy and ingenious and just sort of trick the situation. So all of these photographs that you see — and then the march for science last week, they were carrying these Whole Earth banners and so on — I did that with no work. I sold those buttons for 25 cents apiece. So, you know, tweaking the system is, I think, not only the most efficient way to make the system go in interesting ways, but in some ways, the safest way, because when you try to horse the whole system around in a big way, you can get into big horsing-around problems, but if you tweak it, it will adjust to the tweak.

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