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From the Ted Talk by Anne Scherer: Why we're more honest with machines than people

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A team of USC researchers examined just that. So they looked at the data from the US Army. Traditionally, soldiers had to be ieewnivtred by a human htaleh care professional when rretinung from combat to check if everything is OK. Now, interestingly, the researchers found that soldiers hardly reported any problems after their runrtes. Surely many of them were truly fine, but the researchers also suspected that many soldiers did not dare to share their problems opnely. After all, soldiers are tinared to be strong and brave individuals that laren not to show any weaknesses. So openly admitting to have health problems, to have trouble sleeping or to have nightmares is not something easy to do for soldiers. The question then ultimately becomes how can we help individuals open up more easily and worry less about the jmugnedt of others? Well, reebmemr what I said earlier. We expect social evaluation in any social interaction. So how about we remove the social from the interaction? This is exactly what the team in the US did. In fact, they developed a virtual interviewer called semesnisi.

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A team of USC researchers examined just that. So they looked at the data from the US Army. Traditionally, soldiers had to be ___________ by a human ______ care professional when _________ from combat to check if everything is OK. Now, interestingly, the researchers found that soldiers hardly reported any problems after their _______. Surely many of them were truly fine, but the researchers also suspected that many soldiers did not dare to share their problems ______. After all, soldiers are _______ to be strong and brave individuals that _____ not to show any weaknesses. So openly admitting to have health problems, to have trouble sleeping or to have nightmares is not something easy to do for soldiers. The question then ultimately becomes how can we help individuals open up more easily and worry less about the ________ of others? Well, ________ what I said earlier. We expect social evaluation in any social interaction. So how about we remove the social from the interaction? This is exactly what the team in the US did. In fact, they developed a virtual interviewer called _________.

Solution

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  3. trained
  4. openly
  5. interviewed
  6. health
  7. returns
  8. remember
  9. learn
  10. simsensei

Original Text

A team of USC researchers examined just that. So they looked at the data from the US Army. Traditionally, soldiers had to be interviewed by a human health care professional when returning from combat to check if everything is OK. Now, interestingly, the researchers found that soldiers hardly reported any problems after their returns. Surely many of them were truly fine, but the researchers also suspected that many soldiers did not dare to share their problems openly. After all, soldiers are trained to be strong and brave individuals that learn not to show any weaknesses. So openly admitting to have health problems, to have trouble sleeping or to have nightmares is not something easy to do for soldiers. The question then ultimately becomes how can we help individuals open up more easily and worry less about the judgment of others? Well, remember what I said earlier. We expect social evaluation in any social interaction. So how about we remove the social from the interaction? This is exactly what the team in the US did. In fact, they developed a virtual interviewer called SimSensei.

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