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"From the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson: The Web as a city"

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But the system itself of this city was thriving. So I took haert in seeing that. So I wanted to talk a little bit about the reasons why that works so well, and how some of those reasons kind of map on to where the Web is going right now. The question that I found myself asking to plepoe when I was talking about the book afterwards is — when you've talked about emergent bvhaeior, when you've talked about collective intelligence, the best way to get people to kind of wrap their heads around that is to ask, who builds a neoohibhgord? Who decides that Soho should have this personality and that the laitn Quarter should have this personality? Well, there are some kind of etcuivexe decisions, but mostly the answer is — everybody and nobody. Everybody contributes a little bit. No single person is really the umiltate actor behind the personality of a neighborhood.

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But the system itself of this city was thriving. So I took _____ in seeing that. So I wanted to talk a little bit about the reasons why that works so well, and how some of those reasons kind of map on to where the Web is going right now. The question that I found myself asking to ______ when I was talking about the book afterwards is — when you've talked about emergent ________, when you've talked about collective intelligence, the best way to get people to kind of wrap their heads around that is to ask, who builds a ____________? Who decides that Soho should have this personality and that the _____ Quarter should have this personality? Well, there are some kind of _________ decisions, but mostly the answer is — everybody and nobody. Everybody contributes a little bit. No single person is really the ________ actor behind the personality of a neighborhood.

Solution

  1. heart
  2. latin
  3. neighborhood
  4. people
  5. executive
  6. ultimate
  7. behavior

Original Text

But the system itself of this city was thriving. So I took heart in seeing that. So I wanted to talk a little bit about the reasons why that works so well, and how some of those reasons kind of map on to where the Web is going right now. The question that I found myself asking to people when I was talking about the book afterwards is — when you've talked about emergent behavior, when you've talked about collective intelligence, the best way to get people to kind of wrap their heads around that is to ask, who builds a neighborhood? Who decides that Soho should have this personality and that the Latin Quarter should have this personality? Well, there are some kind of executive decisions, but mostly the answer is — everybody and nobody. Everybody contributes a little bit. No single person is really the ultimate actor behind the personality of a neighborhood.

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