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From the Ted Talk by Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

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We can see world-changing values in the ecnegrmee of tools to make the invisible visible — that is, to make apparent the conditions of the world around us that would otherwise be largely imperceptible. We know that people often change their behavior when they can see and uasnnterdd the impact of their acontis. As a small example, many of us have experienced the change in driving behavior that comes from having a real time display of mileage showing peserlciy how one's driving habits affect the vehicle's efficiency. The last few years have all seen the rise of innovations in how we masreue and display aspects of the world that can be too big, or too intangible, or too slippery to grasp easily. Simple toecnelhiogs, like wall-mounted deecvis that display how much power your household is using, and what kind of reulsts you'll get if you turn off a few lights — these can actually have a direct positive impact on your engery footprint. Community tools, like text messaging, that can tell you when pollen counts are up or smog levels are rnisig or a nutraal disaster is uinolnfdg, can give you the information you need to act in a tmleiy fashion. Data-rich displays like maps of campaign contributions, or maps of the disappearing polar ice caps, allow us to better understand the context and the flow of processes that affect us all.

Open Cloze

We can see world-changing values in the _________ of tools to make the invisible visible — that is, to make apparent the conditions of the world around us that would otherwise be largely imperceptible. We know that people often change their behavior when they can see and __________ the impact of their _______. As a small example, many of us have experienced the change in driving behavior that comes from having a real time display of mileage showing _________ how one's driving habits affect the vehicle's efficiency. The last few years have all seen the rise of innovations in how we _______ and display aspects of the world that can be too big, or too intangible, or too slippery to grasp easily. Simple ____________, like wall-mounted _______ that display how much power your household is using, and what kind of _______ you'll get if you turn off a few lights — these can actually have a direct positive impact on your ______ footprint. Community tools, like text messaging, that can tell you when pollen counts are up or smog levels are ______ or a _______ disaster is _________, can give you the information you need to act in a ______ fashion. Data-rich displays like maps of campaign contributions, or maps of the disappearing polar ice caps, allow us to better understand the context and the flow of processes that affect us all.

Solution

  1. results
  2. emergence
  3. technologies
  4. rising
  5. natural
  6. actions
  7. timely
  8. measure
  9. precisely
  10. devices
  11. unfolding
  12. energy
  13. understand

Original Text

We can see world-changing values in the emergence of tools to make the invisible visible — that is, to make apparent the conditions of the world around us that would otherwise be largely imperceptible. We know that people often change their behavior when they can see and understand the impact of their actions. As a small example, many of us have experienced the change in driving behavior that comes from having a real time display of mileage showing precisely how one's driving habits affect the vehicle's efficiency. The last few years have all seen the rise of innovations in how we measure and display aspects of the world that can be too big, or too intangible, or too slippery to grasp easily. Simple technologies, like wall-mounted devices that display how much power your household is using, and what kind of results you'll get if you turn off a few lights — these can actually have a direct positive impact on your energy footprint. Community tools, like text messaging, that can tell you when pollen counts are up or smog levels are rising or a natural disaster is unfolding, can give you the information you need to act in a timely fashion. Data-rich displays like maps of campaign contributions, or maps of the disappearing polar ice caps, allow us to better understand the context and the flow of processes that affect us all.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  2. actions
  3. affect
  4. apparent
  5. aspects
  6. behavior
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  10. change
  11. community
  12. conditions
  13. context
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  20. display
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  22. driving
  23. easily
  24. efficiency
  25. emergence
  26. energy
  27. experienced
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  29. flow
  30. footprint
  31. give
  32. grasp
  33. habits
  34. household
  35. ice
  36. impact
  37. imperceptible
  38. information
  39. innovations
  40. intangible
  41. invisible
  42. kind
  43. largely
  44. levels
  45. lights
  46. maps
  47. measure
  48. messaging
  49. mileage
  50. natural
  51. people
  52. polar
  53. pollen
  54. positive
  55. power
  56. precisely
  57. processes
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  59. results
  60. rise
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  62. showing
  63. simple
  64. slippery
  65. small
  66. smog
  67. technologies
  68. text
  69. time
  70. timely
  71. tools
  72. turn
  73. understand
  74. unfolding
  75. values
  76. visible
  77. world
  78. years