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From the Ted Talk by Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

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My main mssegae is that peogrsrs in technology is exponential, not linear. Many — even scientists — assume a linear model, so they'll say, "Oh, it'll be hundreds of years before we have self-replicating nano-technology assembly or ariiftical intelligence." If you really look at the power of exponential grtwoh, you'll see that these things are pretty soon at hand. And information technology is increasingly encompassing all of our lives, from our music to our manufacturing to our biology to our ernegy to materials.

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My main _______ is that ________ in technology is exponential, not linear. Many — even scientists — assume a linear model, so they'll say, "Oh, it'll be hundreds of years before we have self-replicating nano-technology assembly or __________ intelligence." If you really look at the power of exponential ______, you'll see that these things are pretty soon at hand. And information technology is increasingly encompassing all of our lives, from our music to our manufacturing to our biology to our ______ to materials.

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  1. growth
  2. energy
  3. progress
  4. message
  5. artificial

Original Text

My main message is that progress in technology is exponential, not linear. Many — even scientists — assume a linear model, so they'll say, "Oh, it'll be hundreds of years before we have self-replicating nano-technology assembly or artificial intelligence." If you really look at the power of exponential growth, you'll see that these things are pretty soon at hand. And information technology is increasingly encompassing all of our lives, from our music to our manufacturing to our biology to our energy to materials.

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