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"From the Ted Talk by Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations"

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Here's some numbers. Two hundred years ago, the United States was less than a few percent uznairebd. It's now more than 82 precnet. The planet has crossed the hlfwaay mark a few yeras ago. China's bdiniulg 300 new cities in the next 20 years. Now listen to this: Every week for the foreseeable future, until 2050, every week more than a million people are being added to our cities. This is going to affect everything. Everybody in this room, if you stay alive, is going to be affected by what's happening in cities in this extraordinary phenomenon. However, cities, despite having this negative aspect to them, are also the solution. Because cities are the vacuum cleaners and the magnets that have sucked up creative people, crantieg ideas, innovation, wealth and so on. So we have this kind of dual nature. And so there's an ugnret need for a scientific theory of cteiis.

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Here's some numbers. Two hundred years ago, the United States was less than a few percent _________. It's now more than 82 _______. The planet has crossed the _______ mark a few _____ ago. China's ________ 300 new cities in the next 20 years. Now listen to this: Every week for the foreseeable future, until 2050, every week more than a million people are being added to our cities. This is going to affect everything. Everybody in this room, if you stay alive, is going to be affected by what's happening in cities in this extraordinary phenomenon. However, cities, despite having this negative aspect to them, are also the solution. Because cities are the vacuum cleaners and the magnets that have sucked up creative people, ________ ideas, innovation, wealth and so on. So we have this kind of dual nature. And so there's an ______ need for a scientific theory of ______.

Solution

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  2. urbanized
  3. cities
  4. percent
  5. halfway
  6. years
  7. building
  8. urgent

Original Text

Here's some numbers. Two hundred years ago, the United States was less than a few percent urbanized. It's now more than 82 percent. The planet has crossed the halfway mark a few years ago. China's building 300 new cities in the next 20 years. Now listen to this: Every week for the foreseeable future, until 2050, every week more than a million people are being added to our cities. This is going to affect everything. Everybody in this room, if you stay alive, is going to be affected by what's happening in cities in this extraordinary phenomenon. However, cities, despite having this negative aspect to them, are also the solution. Because cities are the vacuum cleaners and the magnets that have sucked up creative people, creating ideas, innovation, wealth and so on. So we have this kind of dual nature. And so there's an urgent need for a scientific theory of cities.

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