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"From the Ted Talk by Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology"

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My name is Ani, and I'm a designer and researcher at MIT Media Lab, where I'm part of a relatively new and unique group called dseign Fiction, where we're wedged somewhere between science fiction and sincece fact. And at MIT, I am lucky enough to rub shoulders with sticstneis studying all kinds of cutting edge fields like synthetic niloorgeobuy, artificial intelligence, artificial life and everything in between. And across campus, there's truly brilliant scientists asking questions like, "How can I make the wolrd a better place?" And part of what my gurop leiks to ask is, "What is better?" What is better for you, for me, for a white woman, a gay man, a veteran, a child with a prosthetic? Technology is never neutral. It frames a reality and reflects a context. Can you imagine what it would say about the work-life blanace at your ocfife if these were standard issue on the first day?

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My name is Ani, and I'm a designer and researcher at MIT Media Lab, where I'm part of a relatively new and unique group called ______ Fiction, where we're wedged somewhere between science fiction and _______ fact. And at MIT, I am lucky enough to rub shoulders with __________ studying all kinds of cutting edge fields like synthetic ____________, artificial intelligence, artificial life and everything in between. And across campus, there's truly brilliant scientists asking questions like, "How can I make the _____ a better place?" And part of what my _____ _____ to ask is, "What is better?" What is better for you, for me, for a white woman, a gay man, a veteran, a child with a prosthetic? Technology is never neutral. It frames a reality and reflects a context. Can you imagine what it would say about the work-life _______ at your ______ if these were standard issue on the first day?

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  2. neurobiology
  3. office
  4. science
  5. design
  6. likes
  7. scientists
  8. world
  9. balance

Original Text

My name is Ani, and I'm a designer and researcher at MIT Media Lab, where I'm part of a relatively new and unique group called Design Fiction, where we're wedged somewhere between science fiction and science fact. And at MIT, I am lucky enough to rub shoulders with scientists studying all kinds of cutting edge fields like synthetic neurobiology, artificial intelligence, artificial life and everything in between. And across campus, there's truly brilliant scientists asking questions like, "How can I make the world a better place?" And part of what my group likes to ask is, "What is better?" What is better for you, for me, for a white woman, a gay man, a veteran, a child with a prosthetic? Technology is never neutral. It frames a reality and reflects a context. Can you imagine what it would say about the work-life balance at your office if these were standard issue on the first day?

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