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From the Ted Talk by Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

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The argument I make is basically that, well, non-zero-sum games have always been part of life. You have them in hunter-gatherer societies, but then through technological eiuolvotn, new forms of technology arise that fctiiatlae or encourage the pyianlg of non-zero-sum gaems, involving more people over larger territory. Social structure adapts to accommodate this plsbostiiiy and to harness this productive potential, so you get ceitis, you know, and you get all the non-zero-sum games you don't think about that are being played across the world. Like, have you ever thought when you buy a car, how many people on how many different continents cetniotrbud to the manufacture of that car? Those are people in effect you're playing a non-zero-sum game with. I mean, there are certainly plenty of them around.

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The argument I make is basically that, well, non-zero-sum games have always been part of life. You have them in hunter-gatherer societies, but then through technological _________, new forms of technology arise that __________ or encourage the _______ of non-zero-sum _____, involving more people over larger territory. Social structure adapts to accommodate this ___________ and to harness this productive potential, so you get ______, you know, and you get all the non-zero-sum games you don't think about that are being played across the world. Like, have you ever thought when you buy a car, how many people on how many different continents ___________ to the manufacture of that car? Those are people in effect you're playing a non-zero-sum game with. I mean, there are certainly plenty of them around.

Solution

  1. contributed
  2. evolution
  3. possibility
  4. facilitate
  5. playing
  6. games
  7. cities

Original Text

The argument I make is basically that, well, non-zero-sum games have always been part of life. You have them in hunter-gatherer societies, but then through technological evolution, new forms of technology arise that facilitate or encourage the playing of non-zero-sum games, involving more people over larger territory. Social structure adapts to accommodate this possibility and to harness this productive potential, so you get cities, you know, and you get all the non-zero-sum games you don't think about that are being played across the world. Like, have you ever thought when you buy a car, how many people on how many different continents contributed to the manufacture of that car? Those are people in effect you're playing a non-zero-sum game with. I mean, there are certainly plenty of them around.

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