If you've ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you.The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks - including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes.However, like many of the bots showcased in Las Vegas this year, the pressure sometimes got to it."Aeolus has had enough," tweeted Signe Brewster, a writer at tech site Wirecutter, after observing the bot stall inexplicably during a demo.On three separate occasions, Cloi sat there, painfully unresponsive having been prompted to do something helpful - like fetch a recipe for cooking chicken."Do it yourself," it seemed to say, through the medium of silence.And then there was Chinese firm YYD's effort - a bot designed to give you quick assessments of your health.BBC Click's Spencer Kelly found it, ironically, in a state of malady - the screen on its face displaying an ugly online error page."[Robots] have had a bit of bad press this year because there were … [Read more...] about CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?
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Sitting at the end of a long wooden table at the Saigon Central Post Office behind a sign that says “Information and Writing Assistance” is a small old man whose daily work is translating and writing letters. He is surrounded by people who ask him to write letters in English and French. Ms. Ho Thi Hong of district 8, Ho Chi Minh City, was talking with Mr. Ngo about a package that she received from the US. Ms. Hong has been a regular customer over the past 3 decades. She said: “I have asked Mr. Ngo to write letters to send overseas since I was very young. He has done this job for dozens of years”.Although there are now a lot of translation centers in Ho Chi Minh City, many people still turn to Ngo to write overseas letters. Ms. Hong again: “Ngo knows well the writing style and ideas. Though many people know English, they are not really good at understanding and translating their ideas into a foreign language. Ngo has met a lot of foreigners during his … [Read more...] about Duong Van Ngo, a public letter writer at the Saigon Central Post Office
Happy helpers: Writer Doan Thach Bien (right) and Nguyen Dong Thuc pose for a photo with primary students in Quang Nam Province after delivering them books and study tools. — VNS File Photos Contemporary author Doan Thach Bien started his journey to acclaim in Sai Gon before reunification. Since then he's written popular collections and encouraged young writers to pursue the art. Ha Nguyen reports.Although he rose to prominence as a writer during the Sai Gon regime, the name of Doan Thach Bien, 67, is still very popular among most Vietnamese readers.He is particularly liked by young people, such as students, who admire his fervid and soulful literature.Veteran Nguyen Van Toan, 60, in Ha Noi's Hai Ba Trung District, said he liked reading Bien's works, such as Tinh Nho Sao Quen (Why Forget Little Love) and Nhung Ngay Tuoi Dep (Beautiful Days) very much."His work tends to be good. They are very good examples for people to follow. It encourages people to do good things for … [Read more...] about From Sai Gon to HCM City, a writer’s journey
(Cinet) – The content of the program included: Building legal documents, documents to instruct the implementation, holding training courses for the writing staff, management, holding activities to popularize literature and arts, carrying out surveys, studies, exchanging information about literature and art locally and globally and holding campaigns of writing at national level. In the morning of 29.04.2009, at the hall A1 – the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh and Ms Vu Giang Huong- the president of the national united commission for literature and art associations of Vietnam. signed the cooperation program phase 2009 – 2010 between the Ministry of Culture and the national united commission for literature and art associations of Vietnam. Accordingly, the contents of the cooperation program between the two units included: building legal documents, documents to instruct the implementation, in … [Read more...] about The signing ceremony of the cooperation program between MCST and the national united commission for literature and art associations of Vietnam.
(Cinet)- Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai had a working day with Department of Justice and ministerial agencies to implement Project 896 about simplifying some administrative procedures, some relevant documents and data in 2013-2020 periods on November 25. Minister of the MOCST signed Decision No.196/QĐ-BVHTTDL about establishing the Mission and the Secretary for Project about simplifying some administrative procedures, some relevant documents and data in 2013-2020 periods. Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had a report about simplifying some administrative procedures, document and data. From that, the MOCST will send to the Direction of Project 896 with a result of 108 administrative procedures in a scale of the Project including 31 ones of tourism, 01 one of sports, 14 ones of performing art, 13 ones of cultural heritages, 07 ones of writer’s copyright, 07 ones of basic culture and 13 ones of exhibition, 1 one of cinema, 03 ones of library 04 ones of awards, 10 ones … [Read more...] about Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai working with Department of Justice about Project 896
Eighteen works by writers aged 20 to 40 were selected for the final round by a jury of veteran authors. These works have been published in local newspapers. The organisers hope their contest will help young talents introduce their works to the public as well as bring writers and publishers together. Tuoi Tre (The Youth)Lantern, boat festival to open in HCM CityThe Lantern and Boat Festival 2014 will open in HCM City on September 11, according to the organiser, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in co-operation with its partners. More than 200 tourist agencies at home and abroad have signed to participate in the three-day event. Sai Gon Giai Phong (The Liberated Saigon) Early floods wreak havoc on paddy fieldsEarly floods have damaged hundreds of paddy fields of the summer-autumn rice crop in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta provinces of Dong Thap and An Giang. In Dong Thap, around 220 paddy hectares were damaged, leaving losses of VND2 billion (US$95,000). The river water … [Read more...] about Young writers flock to junior writing contest
The impetus for his writing career sprung from a meeting with a teenager he met one day in a park. "Our eyes are dead, but our hearts are alive," the young boy told Samarsky, now a student at the University of Moscow. For three days, Samarsky covered his eyes in hopes of understandingthe feelings and challenges that visually impaired people face. During that short time, Samarsky realised how lucky he was to be able to see his mother's face and his surroundings. He became restless and wanted to take off the cloth, but resisted. When he finally uncovered his eyes, the first thing he saw was a beautiful rainbow. At that moment, Samarsky promised himself that he would do everything he could to help the visually impaired. Just one year after meeting the teenager in the park, he completed his nonfiction book called A Rainbow for a Friend. By the age of 17, he had published four books, including The Formulafor Kindness, which is also about the visually impaired. … [Read more...] about Russian writer lends helping hand to the blind
Time is money: Billionaire Vikrom Kromadit signs books and chats with readers in his mobile home and office during a stop in HCM City's District 7. — VNS Photo Van Dat HCM CITY — Thai billionaire Vikrom Kromadit, a businessman, philanthropist and writer, arrived in HCM City on Tuesday during his trip through six Asian countries, praising the development of Viet Nam in the last 20 years and saying that he plans to write about Viet Nam in his forthcoming book about Asia. Vikrom made his announcement during an outdoor party introducing the Vietnamese translation of his autobiography, Be a Better Man published by Tri Viet Book Company, which has been sold more than 1.6 million copies and has been turned into a television series in Thailand. "HCM City is very different from 20 years ago when I arrived in Viet Nam for the first time. I feel proud that the tallest building here is owned by a Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Thai billionaire turns travel writer
Poetic moment: Poets Nguyen Quang Thieu(centre) and Phan Que Mai (right) speak at the First Asia Pacific Poetry Festival in Quang NinhProvince. by Lady BortonFor us international guests in Viet Nam, the flowers for sale twice a month help us track the lunar months, giving special notice to the first and fifteenth days. The fifteenth day – the full moon – of the New Year's First Lunar Month brings another special feast across Viet Nam as well as a special night for poets.This year, the Viet Nam Writers' Association chose the waxing first moon to host the First Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival. The programme from 2 to 6 February included workshops and sight-seeing in Quang Ninh, celebrations for Viet Nam's Tenth National Poets' Day on 5 February, … [Read more...] about Celebrated poets meet at Master Pagoda
VietNamNet Bridge – Director Luu Trong Ninh, 61, has created dozens of films and TV series on different themes – romance, history and war. Among them, Ben Khong Chong (Wharf of Widows) was selected to be shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001. Ninh has remade the film and turned the old story into a television serial. He tells Minh Thu about the new series. Did the success of the film Wharf of Widows encourage you to make the TV serial Thương Nho O Ai (Who Stole My Heart)?The success was just a reason for me to make the story longer. Would you tell us about the serial?Like the film Wharf of Widows, the serial is based on a well-known novel of the same name by author Dương Huong, which won the Viet Nam Writers’ Association Award in 1991.It tells the story of the rural village of Dong. This was a time when the North hurried to build up the countryside while supporting the southern battlefield. The film takes audiences back to the old days of … [Read more...] about Prolific director shows no sign of stopping