HUMAN ROBOTS

Meet Nadine, the world’s most human-like robot

Nadine with Prof Nadia Thalmann
source nanyang technological university

The world’s most human-like robot has begun work as a university receptionist as scientists predict the new technology will eventually provide childcare and offer friendship to lonely elderly people.

With her soft skin and flowing brunette hair, Nadine does not only meet and greet visitors, smile, make eye contact and shake hands, but she can even recognise past guests and spark up conversation based on previous chats.
Unlike conventional robots, Nadine has her own personality, mood and emotions. She can be happy or sad, depending on the topic.
“This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening”
Prof Nadia Thalmann
Powered by intelligent software similar to Apple’s Siri orMicrosoft’s Cortana, she is the brainchild of scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is based on her creator Prof Nadia Thalmann.

Prof Thalmann, the director of the Institute for Media Innovation who led the development of said robots such as Nadine are poised to become more visible in offices and homes in future.

“Robotics technologies have advanced significantly over the past few decades and are already being used in manufacturing and logistics,” she said.

“As countries worldwide face challenges of an aging population, social robots can be one solution to address the shrinking workforce, become personal companions for children and the elderly at home, and even serve as a platform for healthcare services in future.

“Over the past four years, our team at NTU have been fostering cross-disciplinary research in social robotics technologies — involving engineering, computer science, linguistics, psychology and other fields — to transform a virtual human, from within a computer, into a physical being that is able to observe and interact with other humans.

“This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening. So in future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C-3PO, the iconic golden droid from Star Wars, with knowledge of language and etiquette.”

Edgar the robot
The University also unveiled its new tele-presence robot named EDGAR which has a rear-projecting screen for its face and two highly articulated arms.

By standing in front of a specialised webcam, a user can control EDGAR remotely from anywhere in the world.

The user’s face and expressions will be displayed on the robot’s face in real time, while the robot mimics the person’s upper body movements.

EDGAR can also deliver speeches by autonomously acting out a script. With an integrated webcam, he automatically tracks the people he meets to engage them in conversation, giving them informative and witty replies to their questions.

Such social robots are ideal for use at public venues, such as tourist attractions and shopping centres, as they can offer practical information to visitors.

Assoc Prof Gerald Seet from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering NTU, has spent the last three years developing EDGAR.

“EDGAR is a real demonstration of how telepresence and social robots can be used for business and education,” added Prof Seet.

“Telepresence provides an additional dimension to mobility. The user may project his or her physical presence at one or more locations simultaneously, meaning that geography is no longer an obstacle.

“In future, a renowned educator giving lectures or classes to large groups of people in different locations at the same time could become commonplace. Or you could attend classes or business meetings all over the world using robot proxies, saving time and travel costs.”

Given that some companies have expressed interest in the robot technologies, the next step for these NTU scientists is to look at how they can partner with industry to bring them to the market.

Article by Coole Godwin

7 common foods that can help your Manhood performance

If you want to perform better as a man, without using unnatural methods, these 7 foods should be in your diet.

Many men have performance anxiety when it comes to bedroom affairs.

The average man wants to impress his lover— turning the bedroom time to a war that must be won.

Well, if you want to perform better as a man, these 7 foods should be in your diet:
Figs-These have amino acids that helps improve your sexual energy and increase libido.

Eggs-Eggs have a lot of protein. They help rebuild penile tissues and control your hormone levels.

Basil-Basil helps in improving circulation and flow to the Pen.!s, thereby aiding erection.

Almonds-Almonds help the heart and brain. They are rich in fatty acids which increase the male hormones.

Banana-Bananas are rich in protein which increases libido and gives stronger erections.

Garlic-Garlic may be smelly but they contain allicin which also improve circulation to the Penis.

Tuna-Tuna contains an enzyme, Larginine, which promotes penile blood flow and enlargement.

So, before you consider unnatural methods, try to have these foods in your diet.

You just must not need anything else

Mike Adenuga’s Net Worth Increased By $2.7 Billion In 2016, While Dangote’s Decreased By $5billion – See why

Exactly half of Africa’s 20 billionaires got richer in 2016. The continent’s biggest gainer in both dollar and percentage terms  is Nigerian oil and telecom tycoon Mike Adenuga, whose net worth increased $2.7 billion to $5.8 billion since December 31, 2015.  No other African billionaire added more than $1 billion to his or her net worth in the past year. Overall, the combined net worths of African billionaires decreased $3.1 billion in 2016. The increase in Adenuga’s net worth is largely due to new information FORBES obtained in 2016 about the value of his assets. Adenuga owns Nigerian telecom company Globacom and Nigerian oil company Conoil.  While Adenuga’s net worth has increased since the beginning of 2016, it has dropped significantly since March 2016, when FORBES valued his fortune at $10 billion on the 2016 Billionaires List. Since then, his net worth has dropped $4.2 billion, due to the devaluation of the Nigerian Naira and the country’s struggling oil sector.  Adenuga was the only Nigerian billionaire whose net worth increased this year.  (Aliko Dangote, the richest Nigerian and Africa’s richest man, saw his fortune drop nearly 28% to $12.4 billion over the course of 2016.)
After Adenuga, South African mining billionaire, Patrice Motsepe and Egyptian billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Naguib Sawiris were the next biggest gainers in Africa, each adding $500 million to their fortunes over the year.

ADENUGA-DANGOTE

Egypt and South Africa were the only African countries where more than half of the country’s billionaires got richer in 2016. In both, four out of seven billionaires added to their wealth in the past year. In Nigeria, meanwhile, only one of four billionaires got richer this year.

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Top 10 A MUST READ NOVELS THIS SEASON

This is a list of Top 10 must read
books by African Authors for your reading pleasure this season…

1. “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears”
by – Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia)

This novel focuses on the life of Sepha
Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant living in D.C. after fleeing his country’s revolution seventeen years earlier. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of the city. Sepha and his only companions two fellow African immigrants, ruminate on the past and their longing for his home continent as he faces his own inward crisis of displacement and identity while simultaneously marveling at
the redevelopment of his neighborhood.

2. “Tears of the Giraffe”
(No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #2)
By – Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)

This novel features Precious Ramotswe, the owner of Botswana’s only detective agency. Among her cases are wayward wives, unscrupulous maids and the challenge of a mother’s pain over her lost son.

3. “Arrow of God”
By – Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)

Set in the “Igbo” heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa’s best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle
between father and son.

4. “Girls at War and Other Stories”
By – Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)

Girls at War and Other Stories reveals the essence of life in Nigeria and traces twenty years in the literary career of one of this century’s most acclaimed writers. In this collection of stories, Chinua Achebe takes us inside the heart and soul of a people whose pride and ideals must compete with the simple struggle to survive.

5. “Half of a Yellow Sun”
By – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (Nigeria)

This is a novel based in Nigeria during the civil war “Biafran War” that blighted the country in the 1960s. Chimamanda Adichie tells a story about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things. The book has also been made into a movie which was released earlier this year.

6. “Americanah”
By – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (Nigeria)

A story of love and race centered on a young woman from Nigeria who immigrates to America for her university education. It tells a story of the difficult choices and challenges She had to face in the countries she comes to call home.

7. “So Long a Letter”
By – Mariama Bâ, Modupe-Bode-Thomas(Senegal)

This novel is in the form of a letter, written by the widowed Ramatoulaye and describing her struggle for survival. It is the winner of the Noma Award.

8. “The Stranger”
By – Albert Camus, Matthew Ward(Algeria)

Through the story of an ordinary man
unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

9. “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born”
By – Ayi Kwei Armah (Ghana)

A railway freight clerk in Ghana attempts to hold out against the pressures that impel him toward corruption in both his family and his country. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is the novel that catapulted Ayi Kwei Armah into the limelight. The novel is generally a satirical attack on the Ghanaian society during Kwame Nkrumah’s regime and the period immediately after independence in the 1960s. It is often claimed to rank with “Things Fall Apart” as one of the high points of post-colonial African Literature.

10. “Ghana Must Go”
By – Taiye Selasi (Ghana)

The death of a renowned surgeon and failed husband, Kweku Sai sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. This novel is a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where they come from to who they are

30-YEAR-OLD MARRIED MAN MARRIES TWO MORE WIVES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

A 30-year-old man, Isyaka Dahiru, has got tongues wagging after he married two women at the same time in Nasarawa State.

The event which took place on New Year eve, brought the number of his wives to three.

Isyaka Dahiru and his two newly-wedded wives

Dahiru, a graduate of Accountancy from the state Federal Polytechnic, shared his pre-wedding photos with the two brides, Khadijat and Rashida.

He wrote: “The family of late Mallam Dahiru Ahmed invites the general public to the weeding fatiha of his son Isyaka Dahiru (Smiling Judge) and Khadijat and Rashida, which is scheduled to take place on 31/12/2016 at Muhd Adi residence behind RCM School Doma, off Ruttu Road by 10am.”

The second wedding took place an hour later at Sakora Dakashi Street off Lafia Road, while reception followed immediately at the groom’s residence along Lafia Road in Doma Local Government Area.

Facebook users blasted the ‘he-goat’ after he made the announcement.

A user, Eedris Sule said, “Because your religion permits you to marry up to four wives does not mean you should turn yourself into a he-goat.”

Makarfi Adams wrote: “Such a person will die young. You are 30 and have 3 wives already? Just dig your grave. Idiot.”

Desmond_Folks wrote: “And he gladly made this public. You shoyld be ashamed. I don’t even blame you, I blame the women. Two on the same day? What are the women thinking sef?

Well, things keep happening. For comments and features, mail me at coolebricks@gmail.com

2016 11:00pm DINNER PARTY

Well, for a whole lot of persons, this year must have been a “come-and-go” year and yes!! You were right!!!
To that effect, I have decided to congratulate you for holding on till this very last minutes.
Let’s start with the appetizer…

Though the economy made us go through series of emotional breakdown, other subordinates came like MMM, Ultimatecycler, Crowdrising and lots more, we still held on and now, I will love to say –YOU MADE IT!!!!

I’m glad you made it!!!!
My wish for you this 2017 is, your wishes shall be granted just as you desire them in your heart with zeal……..HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Yeah the skies are crowded with fireworks
New Year’s Eve 2016 live: Fireworks and pictures from around the world as we welcome in 2017

Australia, Japan and Hong Kong are among those to have welcomed 2017 in style while security is stepped up ahead of celebrations in London and New York


Bag searches in London

Bag searches and heavy security are in place in London ahead of the fireworks.

Security are searching revellers who have to pass through gates on their way in.

London is on high alert for terror attacks following the Berlin Christmas market attacks that killed 12 people.


A woman’s bag is searched at London’s embankment (Photo: PA)


Security gates in London ahead of the firework display (Photo: PA)

Stay updated as I bring you to a year of greatnes!!!!

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HOW SMART IS YOUR DOG?

It’s very funny how the dogs think and perceive humans. Dogs notice when you’re sad, mad, or suspicious. They can even detect cancer. Turns out, dogs know more about your emotions and health than you ever suspected.

THIS ARE TRAITS YOU WILL SEE IN DOGS TOO.
They can detect a generous person from those that are not. An example is below;
University of Milan researchers had dogs watch some people sharing food with a beggar and other people telling the beggar to leave. Later, when the individuals beckoned the dogs at the same time, the pups overwhelmingly trotted over to the generous people.

Humans share so much with this fellow

Dogs know when you hate someone around you. When you have negative feelings about a person, dogs can hear your breathing pattern change, observe your body stiffen slightly, and even smell the subtle pheremones your body emits. So if your in-laws suspect that you don’t like them, it may simply be because, um, your dog expressed that don’t really like them.

Your dog can tell where you’ve been. Humans are like sponges. You pick up volatile organic compounds from everything you walk by or touch. If you just visited, say, the supermarket,dogs will smell the butcher and fish counters, the food you bought, and maybe even the people you stood next to at checkout. Dogs can smell something 100 million times more subtle than the faintest smell you can pick up! Safe a pet today.

Some dogs are being taught to detect different types of cancer by smelling certain chemicals that cancer cells can emit. In some studies, dogs were 88 percent accurate in detecting breast cancer, and 99 percent accurate in detecting lung cancer.

Dogs can tell when you’ll be home and away.


They’ve learned your schedule, and they know roughly when to expect you back at the house each day. But even if you get home at an odd hour, they can pick out the sound of your particular car coming down the street, and they are always listening for it.

Dogs know when you’re having a fight with your spouse.
Even if you don’t yell in front of them, they may notice your clipped tone of voice, the fact that neither of you is speaking, the stiffness of your posture, or the agitated way you’re walking or opening drawers. Some of these dogs get sick to their stomachs when their owners are bickering.
just staring at them without knowing what to do

They know when someone is missing from the households.

I have experienced this severally in my neighbourhood. Do dogs sleep cuddled up next to your bed instead of in their usual spot when your spouse is out of town? Do dogs stay closer to your leg than normal when we walk through a dark area? Dogs can smell the adrenaline your body releases when you’re scared, and they are also more vigilant anytime someone in the household is missing.
Finally for now, note that dogs know to play on humans emotions to get what they want.
Researchers have found that your body releases the hormone oxytocin (the same chemical that’s released when you look at your baby) when dogs make eye contact with you. So there’s a reason dogs gaze at you lovingly when they want something: It works.

Before I move on, don’t forget that you dog is capable of telling what your intentions are. Dogs can pick up nearly imperceptible signals in your body language–a darting of your eyes or the way you grab the leash–that tell me what you’re planning. In one study, dogs were easily able to identify the location of hidden food simply by following a human gaze.
dogs can be trained to sniff out everything from a drop in your blood sugar to a migraine. A growing number of epileptic patients are getting dogs that alert them to a seizure before it happens. In one Hawaiian hospital, dogs sniffed out urinary tract infections in paralyzed patients who couldn’t report symptoms

They protect our kids with maximum care.

Dogs know your little one is a member of their pack, and they also know she’s the most vulnerable. Because they have a strong instinct to guard their family members, they can be extremely protective. That’s why they bark aggressively when someone approaches the stroller and why you should be vigilant if someone is playing with your child while they are around. (If they mistakenly think she is getting hurt, they may attack


More information coming your way soon!!!
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CHRISTMAS

Wishes always served warm and hearty in moments like this. Write a name you wish to send a special wish to

sharing love no matter how little it may look like, you might just be saving a soul along your street.

don’t hate nobody’s choice,respect everyone’s life

this place won’t be bad at all

just having a great time

yeah! It’s Christmas

nature is great

waterfalls by nature


I just love seeing this part of the earth.

I still remain your host/blogger
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Nature’s Blessings To Man

Even the dumbest person knows that the world is controlled by certain individuals. Some say they are the richest families, some say secret organizations with members posing as a president’s right hand, some even say aliens in disguise.
dubai in view

The truth is, no matter who, the 99% is controlled by the 1% and there are things that the 1% would be happy if the 99% never find out of. But, be that as it may, the Murphy ’s Law still stands even for those individuals who steer the wheel and as the law says “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.


People with humanity still in their hearts leaked some information, people who see things as they really are revealed conspiracies, and some with a little logic still in the head discovered the truth hidden from the 99%. Here are some of the greatest secrets “They” don’t want you to know of
always find a way

You have probably heard about the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). It is a project funded by The US Navy and The US Air Force and its cover is technology that can allow US military to communicate with its fleet of submarines through very long distances.

How this works? There is an instrument in HAARP called “Ionospheric Research Instrument” which is a facility that transmits high-power radio frequency directly into a limited area of the Ionosphere.

This instrument manipulates the Ionosphere, the place where free electrons exist, and has a potential to create radio waves that will manipulate the earth’s magnetic field. You get yourself a control of the earth’s magnetic field and you control the earth.

Even more frightening is the fact that HAARP has a potential to control emotions through wave frequencies and manipulate human minds. Who knows, maybe they are responsible for our sudden mood swings. Project HAARP was shut down in May 2013 — or was it?

Who cares?lets explore some parts of the world together

the lotus temple located in new delhi, India

Always getting better at what I do
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Let’s Look At Nature A Bit

CROW

Crow can recognise your face.

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Crows can recognise the faces of humans who pose a threat to them or their habitat, and those memories can last a lifetime. Plus crows can live up to 15 years – so if you get into a fight with one, it might be time to start thinking about that moustache.

It’s now thought that crows have their own language – and that this language varies from region to region. They also make tools and play tricks on each other. Also, they still haven’t forgotten about you.

SPIDERS
Instead of chewing, a spider injects venom into its prey – the venom liquifies the prey’s insides, and the spider sucks the liquid out. Like a milkshake.


A delicious milkshake made of internal organs

A Man Once Grew A Fir Tree In His Lung.

28 year-old Artyom Sidorkin thought he had a cancerous tumour in his lung but, when they opened him up, surgeons found a two-inch evergreen tree, instead.

Fear Hornets

This Japanese hornet is four inches long. Oh, and its venom dissolves human skin.
It also has the third most painful sting in the world, behind the tarantula hawk and the bullet ant.

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