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Google’s Experimental AI-powered Terrarium can Simulate Real-World Weather

Users can build their own terrarium by visiting the official Project Oasis Github page

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Other technology players, including JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony have also signed up to make screen-equipped smart speakers. Pixabay
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An Indian-origin inventor has created a voice controlled terrarium that can simulate weather conditions around the world inside a box as part of Google’s “experimental project”.

“Project Oasis” brings nature and technology together and lets users interact with them using voice. It can mimic rain, fog, clouds as well as sunshine.

“Project Oasis is a self-sustaining plant ecosystem that reflects outside weather patterns by creating clouds, rain and light inside a box,” read the project’s description on its website.

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“You can talk to it to ask about weather or ask it to create certain conditions. It currently recreates rain, clouds and lighting in a self sufficient closed and living ecosystem,” said Harpreet Sareen, the inventor of the project, in a video posted on the website.

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Made with Google’s tools such as Dialogflow and Cloud Pub/Sub, at the Google Creative Lab, “Project Oasis is self sufficient, closed ecosystem and a simple experiment to expand human conversation with technology and the natural world”, said Sareen.

Users can build their own terrarium by visiting the official Project Oasis Github page. (IANS)

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AI Robots to Help the Students of Japan in Enhancing English Speaking Skills

According to data from the most recent EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Japan is ranked 37th out of a total of 80 countries

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AI robots to boost spoken English skills of Japanese students. Pixabay

The government of Japan is planning to introduce English-speaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots in classrooms to help children improve their English speaking skills, considered one of the worst in the world.

The Japanese education ministry would be launching a pilot programme to test the effectiveness of the initiative in April 2019, reports Efe news.

The initiative will be initially rolled out in 500 schools throughout the country with the aim of fully implementing it in two years, public broadcaster NHK reported Saturday.

The programme also includes study apps and online conversation sessions with native English speakers.

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An iPal couple social robots help teach children at a kindergarten in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, July 4, 2018. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and can tell stories, take photos and deliver educational or promotional content. VOA

Japan has proposed improving English skills ahead of the surge in tourists expected during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

According to data from the most recent EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Japan is ranked 37th out of a total of 80 countries.

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The latest test and score data of TOEFL, the most popular English language proficiency test, showed that Japanese test-takers have among the worst scores as compared to their Asian counterparts, and are especially poor in speaking, along with Burkina Faso and Congo. (IANS)