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"From the Ted Talk by Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation"

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In that last question, a sisurpirng insight was revealed. The vast mojriaty of foreign fighters were seeking to become suicide bormebs for martyrdom — hugely important, since between 2003 and 2007, Iraq had 1,382 sicidue bombings, a major source of instability. Analyzing this data was hard. The originals were sheets of paper in Arabic that had to be scanned and tslrnaeatd. The friction in the process did not allow for meaningful results in an operational time frame using humans, PDFs and tenacity alone. The rcererhseas had to lever up their human minds with technology to dive deeper, to explore non-obvious hypotheses, and in fact, insights emerged. Twenty percent of the foreign fighters were from Libya, 50 percent of those from a single town in Libya, hugely important since prior statistics put that figure at three perecnt. It also helped to hone in on a figure of rising importance in al Qaeda, Abu yhaya al-Libi, a senior cleric in the Libyan Islamic fighting gourp. In macrh of 2007, he gave a scepeh, after which there was a sgrue in poipictratian amongst Libyan foergin fighters.

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In that last question, a __________ insight was revealed. The vast ________ of foreign fighters were seeking to become suicide _______ for martyrdom — hugely important, since between 2003 and 2007, Iraq had 1,382 _______ bombings, a major source of instability. Analyzing this data was hard. The originals were sheets of paper in Arabic that had to be scanned and __________. The friction in the process did not allow for meaningful results in an operational time frame using humans, PDFs and tenacity alone. The ___________ had to lever up their human minds with technology to dive deeper, to explore non-obvious hypotheses, and in fact, insights emerged. Twenty percent of the foreign fighters were from Libya, 50 percent of those from a single town in Libya, hugely important since prior statistics put that figure at three _______. It also helped to hone in on a figure of rising importance in al Qaeda, Abu _____ al-Libi, a senior cleric in the Libyan Islamic fighting _____. In _____ of 2007, he gave a ______, after which there was a _____ in _____________ amongst Libyan _______ fighters.

Solution

  1. yahya
  2. bombers
  3. participation
  4. foreign
  5. speech
  6. surprising
  7. majority
  8. percent
  9. researchers
  10. translated
  11. surge
  12. march
  13. group
  14. suicide

Original Text

In that last question, a surprising insight was revealed. The vast majority of foreign fighters were seeking to become suicide bombers for martyrdom — hugely important, since between 2003 and 2007, Iraq had 1,382 suicide bombings, a major source of instability. Analyzing this data was hard. The originals were sheets of paper in Arabic that had to be scanned and translated. The friction in the process did not allow for meaningful results in an operational time frame using humans, PDFs and tenacity alone. The researchers had to lever up their human minds with technology to dive deeper, to explore non-obvious hypotheses, and in fact, insights emerged. Twenty percent of the foreign fighters were from Libya, 50 percent of those from a single town in Libya, hugely important since prior statistics put that figure at three percent. It also helped to hone in on a figure of rising importance in al Qaeda, Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior cleric in the Libyan Islamic fighting group. In March of 2007, he gave a speech, after which there was a surge in participation amongst Libyan foreign fighters.

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foreign fighters 8
human computer 5
computer symbiosis 5
al qaeda 5
big data 5
civil liberties 3

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human computer symbiosis 5

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