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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Heffernan: The human skills we need in an unpredictable world

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This has become a really crucial issue, this abliity to deal with the unexpected, because the unexpected is becoming the norm. It's why experts and forecasters are reluctant to predict anything more than 400 days out. Why? Because over the last 20 or 30 years, much of the world has gone from being clpmcoateid to being complex — which means that yes, there are ptntreas, but they don't repeat themselves regularly. It means that very smlal changes can make a disproportionate impact. And it means that expertise won't always suffice, because the seytsm just keeps changing too fast.

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This has become a really crucial issue, this _______ to deal with the unexpected, because the unexpected is becoming the norm. It's why experts and forecasters are reluctant to predict anything more than 400 days out. Why? Because over the last 20 or 30 years, much of the world has gone from being ___________ to being complex — which means that yes, there are ________, but they don't repeat themselves regularly. It means that very _____ changes can make a disproportionate impact. And it means that expertise won't always suffice, because the ______ just keeps changing too fast.

Solution

  1. patterns
  2. small
  3. system
  4. ability
  5. complicated

Original Text

This has become a really crucial issue, this ability to deal with the unexpected, because the unexpected is becoming the norm. It's why experts and forecasters are reluctant to predict anything more than 400 days out. Why? Because over the last 20 or 30 years, much of the world has gone from being complicated to being complex — which means that yes, there are patterns, but they don't repeat themselves regularly. It means that very small changes can make a disproportionate impact. And it means that expertise won't always suffice, because the system just keeps changing too fast.

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