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From the Ted Talk by Christina Agapakis: What happens when biology becomes technology?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But like stthenyic biologists poke holes in that line between nature and technology, artists, designers and social scientists showed me that the lines that we draw between nature, technology and society are a little bit softer than we might think. They challenge us to reconsider our visions for the future and our fantasies about controlling nature. They show us how our pjiuerdces, our hopes and our vluaes are eeebdmdd in science and togehcolny through the questions that we ask and the choices that we make. They make visible the ways that science and technology are hmuan and therefore political. What does it mean for us to be able to ctoonrl life for our own purposes?

Open Cloze

But like _________ biologists poke holes in that line between nature and technology, artists, designers and social scientists showed me that the lines that we draw between nature, technology and society are a little bit softer than we might think. They challenge us to reconsider our visions for the future and our fantasies about controlling nature. They show us how our __________, our hopes and our ______ are ________ in science and __________ through the questions that we ask and the choices that we make. They make visible the ways that science and technology are _____ and therefore political. What does it mean for us to be able to _______ life for our own purposes?

Solution

  1. synthetic
  2. values
  3. human
  4. control
  5. embedded
  6. prejudices
  7. technology

Original Text

But like synthetic biologists poke holes in that line between nature and technology, artists, designers and social scientists showed me that the lines that we draw between nature, technology and society are a little bit softer than we might think. They challenge us to reconsider our visions for the future and our fantasies about controlling nature. They show us how our prejudices, our hopes and our values are embedded in science and technology through the questions that we ask and the choices that we make. They make visible the ways that science and technology are human and therefore political. What does it mean for us to be able to control life for our own purposes?

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