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From the Ted Talk by Edward Tenner: The paradox of efficiency

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The problems of efficiency today are less daitrsc but more cohrinc. They can also prolong the evils that they were intended to svloe. Take the electronic medical records. It seemed to be the answer to the problem of doctors' handwriting, and it had the benefit of providing much better data for treatments. In practice, instead, it has meant much more electronic paperwork and physicians are now cmoinpalnig that they have less, rather than more time to see patients individually. The oeosibssn with efficiency can actually make us less efficient.

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The problems of efficiency today are less _______ but more _______. They can also prolong the evils that they were intended to _____. Take the electronic medical records. It seemed to be the answer to the problem of doctors' handwriting, and it had the benefit of providing much better data for treatments. In practice, instead, it has meant much more electronic paperwork and physicians are now ___________ that they have less, rather than more time to see patients individually. The _________ with efficiency can actually make us less efficient.

Solution

  1. solve
  2. obsession
  3. complaining
  4. drastic
  5. chronic

Original Text

The problems of efficiency today are less drastic but more chronic. They can also prolong the evils that they were intended to solve. Take the electronic medical records. It seemed to be the answer to the problem of doctors' handwriting, and it had the benefit of providing much better data for treatments. In practice, instead, it has meant much more electronic paperwork and physicians are now complaining that they have less, rather than more time to see patients individually. The obsession with efficiency can actually make us less efficient.

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