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"From the Ted Talk by Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!"

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There's a lovely story that I read in a futurist mzgniaae many, many years ago. There was a gourp of experts who were invited to discuss the future of the city of New York in 1860. And in 1860, this group of people came together, and they all stcuaepeld about what would happen to the city of New York in 100 years, and the conclusion was unanimous: The city of New York would not exist in 100 years. Why? Because they looked at the curve and said, if the population keeps growing at this rate, to move the population of New York around, they would have needed six million hseros, and the mnuare created by six miillon horses would be impossible to deal with. They were already donnirwg in manure. (Laughter) So 1860, they are seeing this dirty toeglhocny that is going to choke the life out of New York.

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There's a lovely story that I read in a futurist ________ many, many years ago. There was a _____ of experts who were invited to discuss the future of the city of New York in 1860. And in 1860, this group of people came together, and they all __________ about what would happen to the city of New York in 100 years, and the conclusion was unanimous: The city of New York would not exist in 100 years. Why? Because they looked at the curve and said, if the population keeps growing at this rate, to move the population of New York around, they would have needed six million ______, and the ______ created by six _______ horses would be impossible to deal with. They were already ________ in manure. (Laughter) So 1860, they are seeing this dirty __________ that is going to choke the life out of New York.

Solution

  1. technology
  2. drowning
  3. magazine
  4. million
  5. group
  6. manure
  7. horses
  8. speculated

Original Text

There's a lovely story that I read in a futurist magazine many, many years ago. There was a group of experts who were invited to discuss the future of the city of New York in 1860. And in 1860, this group of people came together, and they all speculated about what would happen to the city of New York in 100 years, and the conclusion was unanimous: The city of New York would not exist in 100 years. Why? Because they looked at the curve and said, if the population keeps growing at this rate, to move the population of New York around, they would have needed six million horses, and the manure created by six million horses would be impossible to deal with. They were already drowning in manure. (Laughter) So 1860, they are seeing this dirty technology that is going to choke the life out of New York.

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