Do 30 Air Squats And Get A Free Subway Ride In Moscow

Russia is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, but they’ve now taken it to another level. Apparently, having fit athletes to represent the country isn’t enough. In order to encourage Russian citizens to get in better shape, the government has come up with an unusual incentive: commuters in Moscow will receive a free subway ticket, which costs 30 rubles or $0.92 USD, if they can perform 30 air squats in front of special automated transit machines that can tell if you’re cheating.

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The squat machines are simple, smart, and fun. They work the body, wake up the mind, and possibly tickle the soul, if you’re up for a good laugh in the process. It would be great if other international cities followed Russia’s example and installed squat-detecting machines as part of their public transit systems because any way of working physical activity into one’s daily schedule is a smart idea.

Now, Computer That Teaches People Social Skills

Scientists have developed an automated personal-computer system that can help people enhance their social interaction skills.

The programme called MACH, or “My Automated Conversation coacH” has been developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mainly to help those who suffer from social phobia linked to autism.

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It uses a computer-generated face that simulates a conversation. Using a standard web camera, MACH scans facial expressions, listens carefully to patterns of speech, and

reads behavioural cues. MACH keeps track of weak language, like utterances of ‘Mmm’, ‘Uhh’, and ‘Basically’. It also provides feedback about how effectively the user has been communicating.

The software plays back a video of their speech, alongside charts monitoring intonation, head movements, and other coded gestures. “MACH must appear and behave human like, adapting its behaviours to changes in the interaction,” researchers said in their paper to be presented at UbiComp conference in Zurich this month.

To achieve that level of realism, the animation of the virtual coach incorporated arm and posture movements, facial expressions, gaze behaviour and lip synchronisation.

The software was constructed over two years and tested on 90 MIT undergraduates seeking to improve their self-presentation in front of prospective employers, the ‘New Yorker magazine’ reported.

The team’s paper stated that MACH led to a significant improvement in social interaction, based on a before-and-after evaluation of subjects by a professional career counsellor. Beyond job interviews, the programme could be useful for helping people with social phobia linked to autism – the root of the project – as well as public speaking or even dating, according to M Ehsan Hoque, who led the research.

While the prototype runs locally on computers, Hoque, whois now at the University of Rochester, would like to make it widely available online, which he said would take between six months and a year for two or three engineers to develop.

Today’s Humor – 17 Sept 2013

Aap Hi Ka Beta Hai

1 aadmi apne bete k liye 1 ROBOT
laya
jo jooth bolne par THAPAD marta tha.

Beta- Papa aaj me school nahi jaunga mere pet me
dard he (Sattaak…)

Baap- Dekha tune jooth bola
isliye tuje saza mili,
me jab tere jitna tha to kabhijooth nahi bolta tha.
(Sattaak…)

Wife (haste huye boli) Aap hi ka beta h
(Sattaak…

 

 

Wild Life Photography To Wife

Biwi ek dum khush hoke :”Kya baat hai jee,aaj to meri photo pe photo kheenche ja rhe ho
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Husband bola :kuch nhi pagli,aaj mere sarr pe wild life photography ka bhoot sawar hai

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bhikhari Propose To Girl

Bhikhari propose to a Girl….

DO YOU LOVE ME ?

Girl- Shakal dekhi he apni, isse

acha to me suicide kerlu …

Bhikhari- Kambaqt mar jaegi per kisi garib k kam nahi ayegi….

 

 

Narendra Modi Asked To Sonia For Remaining Money

 

SONIA GANDHI during her speech told a story…

“There was a father who gave 100 rupees each to his 3 sons and asked them to buy things and fill up a room completely.

First son bought woods for Rs. 100 but couldnt fill the room entirely.

Second son bought cotton for Rs. 100 but couldnt fill the room entirely.

Third son bought a candle for Rs. 1 and lit it up and the room was filled with light completely.”

Kapil Sibbal added “RAHUL GANDHI is like the third son, Since the day he has taken charge of his office, our country is filled with the bright light of prosperity.”

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Narendra Modi asked:

“Woh sab toh theek hai,
Where are the remaining Rs. 99

 

Trees Are Our Wealth

 

“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have  trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

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