Weed; No Longer Unwanted

MANY COUNTRIES ARE BEGINNING TO LEGALIZE WEED, WHAT ABOUT YOURS?

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The next time someone says to me “I think you are smoking something illegal” I’ll tell them, “not really”, because these days it is almost difficult to tell what’s illegal and what isn’t. Something might be said to be illegal in my country and in someone else’s it is totally legal. Well you see, these are the diversities we experience that makes being human very interesting.

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Now here is the story

Did you know that cannabis (weed) is now being legalized in many parts of the world? You may have heard of Amsterdam as the safe haven for weed but trust me, there’s a long list of places where you can smoke weed and not get harassed for it.

As compiled by Thrillist, Here it goes;

• Canada

• United States

• Costa Rica

• Argentina

• Peru

• Jamiaca

• Columbia

• Mexico

• Belize

• Ecuador

• Uruguay

• Cambodia

• Laos

• North Korea

• Belgium

• Italy

• The Netherlands

• Spain

• Switzerland

• Croatia

• Czech Republic

• Estonia

• Ukraine Australia

Note that Canada is the only country who has legalized the smoking, selling and transporting of weed, nationwide. So don’t just waltz into any of these countries on this list and light your pot. If you get arrested, it means you didn’t read this article.

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Furthermore, the speed with which this trend is really catching on to many parts of the world I am sure that Africa is just waiting for some bold politician to start the movement. Irrespective of the health implication that arises from the use of weed a lot of people still indulge it. However, if weed is legalized, sales will sky rocket for a moment and then it will forever plummet because the main reason weed dealers are being patronized is the rush being illegal gives.

Tell us, what do you TINK will happen if weed were legalized in your country?

Throw Your TV Away

TV ON DEMAND IS LIKELY TO KNOCK TRADITIONAL TELEVISION OUT OF THE MARKET. WHAT DO YOU TINK?

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Throwing the television away is going to be extremely difficult for many people but for others, not so much as they have over time been practicing how not to watch television for a number of reasons. Some say that they are no fresh, unique and exciting contents on television, some say they don’t have control over it and as such they don’t like to be part of things that aren’t subject to them –strange right? While some others say it’s not mobile so they do not entirely need it, as they are always on the move –I’m sure that some scientists somewhere are already researching on mobile buildings because of this emerging market.

Due to all of these reasons plus more, we have seen an unprecedented rise in TV on Demand –online video streaming applications or websites that function using subscription e.g Netflix, Youtube, Iflix, Iroko Tv, EbonyLive Tv and so much more. Buoyed by the increased number of mobile devices in Africa and the affordable rates of internet subscription, this innovation has experienced great levels of success.

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TV on Demand is currently giving traditional television a run for the money but we wonder, can it actually cause customers to kick out their televisions. Subscription rates for Tv on Demand is way cheaper than the subscription for digital television (DSTV, GoTV, Kwese TV, Startimes etc.). TV on demand is mobile and easily fits into the schedule of those who are always mobile, you can control what you watch by choosing where, when, how, and what to watch. Amazing right? TV on Demand have also gone ahead to acquire those programming which would normally keep you glued to your television such as soaps, movies, and more. However, this innovation drastically increases the cost of data usage as you would need more data than normal due to video streaming –which means more money spent. TV on Demand have yet to acquire rights to stream live soccer games, this means, you may not be able to watch the normal weekend soccer games unless you use other free viewing sports sites.

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Brands and advertisers may argue that television delivers nearly 100% returns on investments; I do not dispute that, but just today CNN announced that Netflix now has over 137 million subscribers. Doesn’t that tip the scale just a little bit? Soon brands and advertisers will begin to fall over themselves to advertise on these online television platforms.

Erm… Just before you go and throw your television away, you may want to sit with me and watch this trend for a little longer or perhaps you could sell it so you could get some part of your money back.

WONDERS OF A ROBOTIC WORLD.

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IT’S HERE NOW, ROBOTS ARE BECOMING A PART OF OUR LIVES. THEY’RE ATTENDING TO OUR NEEDS IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.

Heard of the Ratio cafe in Shanghai, where a robot makes customers the perfect coffee? Or Boston-based Spyce, which offers robot-made healthy fast food? Now, it’s the intriguing Alibaba’s robot.

It looks right now as though robots are lining up to automate aspects of the customer experience.

The robotics industry is creating a wholesome experience for customers. Robots are becoming a part of easing customer experience(s) with brands and multiplying accessibility infused with speed.

China’s online shopping giant, Alibaba has just unveiled a robot that’ll serve guests in Country’s hotel. The robot is just under a meter tall and can move at one meter per second. It will be the ultimate assistant for hotel guests who want everything quickly at their fingertips. According to the General Manager of Alibaba AI Labs, Lijuan Chen, “It is the next step in the evolution towards smart hotels."

It can deliver meals and laundry to guests, and is equipped with Alibaba’s AI voice assistant AliGenie. Guests staying in hotels will be able to communicate with the robot via voice command, touch and hand gestures. The robot will in turn respond to them through AliGenie, the software behind Alibaba's smart speaker, Tmall Genie. 
Alibaba claims that Tmall Genie is China’s top smart speaker, with over 5 million units sold since its launch in 2017.

“We are excited by this tremendous development that is helping us bridge the gap between guest needs and the response time that they expect,” said Lijuan Chen, general manager of Alibaba AI Labs. “[Our] robot is the next step in the evolution towards smart hotels. In addition, it is solving pain points in the hotel sector, such as enhancing service efficiency, with our leading AI technologies.”

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After trial runs at hotels, Alibaba will assess its suitability for other areas, including hospitals, restaurants, and office services. Do you see how offline services are been reshaped with technology? Amazing!

I think that Innovations such as this will only instill in consumers’ expectations of automated convenience and speed (Just like the way Nigerians treat Uber & Taxify). But again, I also think automation needs to be applied in the right ways. Alibaba has targeted two aspects of a hotel experience: room service and laundry – to automate. Actually, I think it’s a great idea.

Here’s my question to brands who are interested in staying relevant as innovation dives like rocket: Which aspects of your customer experience would benefit from automation? Or which aspect of your customer experience shouldn’t be automated but seen as an experiences on its own?

You never (always) totally know what the consumer will accept or reject until you try.

Are you TINKING?

  Here, it is being plied with drinks by a robotic arm, while attendees at The Computing Conference 2018 stare.

Here, it is being plied with drinks by a robotic arm, while attendees at The Computing Conference 2018 stare.

Tech is Driving Unemployment

THE NEWER INVENTIONS IN TECH FOLLOWING THE ADDITION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS SPIKING UNEMPLOYMENT

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I am not an enemy of progress but the recent inventions we see these days are and will put many people out of jobs. This is up for argument but before you say anything in opposition, I ask you to read this article to the end. A friend of mine once told me that technology is taking all the jobs and I didn’t see what he meant until now. Note that technology is driving economical and financial advancement all over the world but it is poised to take many people out of jobs.

Alibaba, the world’ biggest e-commerce company, has launched a cashier-less wine storage and retail facility in its home city of Hangzhou. This innovation helps improve retail habits; however it enables shoppers to purchase wines by the case without paying with cash or interacting with any sales staff. So it’s high time we said goodbye to those hot young ladies that inspire us to buy more wines in the wine store, which means more ladies out of jobs. It’s not just Alibaba; some Chinese tech companies such as Alibaba’s rivals JD.com, Suning and BingoBox have launched their own versions of unmanned cashless stores in mainland China. You may say, “oh well, it’s just China”, don’t forget this is Africa, technological advancements in China don’t take long to cross the African borders.

According to the Miami Herald, Yotelpad, a 30-story building that's part hotel, part condominium, is employing three robot butlers for guests and residents. They can handle room service, bring extra towels, give directions, chat with guests and play music. They can even use the elevator and are also programmed to say different greetings and responses. A touchscreen on the device is enabled to show several facial expressions.

So, after reading this article and watching these videos, you tell me, is tech putting people out of jobs or not?

I for one would love to buy drinks from the automated store and have these robots make my bed but I still would love the human touch from time to time.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment box below. Let us know what you TINK?

Rise of the KidPreneur

THE CHILDREN ARE REFUSING TO BE HELD BACK; THEY ARE MAKING MONEY FROM THEIR CRADLES.

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No one is playing again. What did I do with my life when I was a child? Oh yes I remember, I was busy being a child, having fun and playing in the dirt, plenty of food, television and sleep. These days these things no longer interest kids –where did our children go? Everyone is an adult now. The kids want to stream videos online, create contents that will go viral, a little bit of eating here, sleeping there and then back to all that techy stuff again. Sometimes these kids intimidate older ones with the number of amazing things they can do with ease.

Very recently, Africa, particularly Nigeria recorded some ground breaking inventions done by kids and they are already making cool bucks from their inventions. When I was a kid I was only particular about those stipends mum would give me at the start of each day or the change I would make from running errands. Oh well, this article isn’t about me.

Two years ago, Nigerian brothers Osine and Anesi developed an Android web browser named Crocodile Browser Lite. Their invention was inspired by Google Chrome. The browser is functional, fast and adapted for low-end phones.

Also, Tomisin Ogunnubi, a 12-year-old school leaver of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, developed an Android mobile tracking application called, ‘My Locator’. The security app includes an alert system integrated to the Lagos State Emergency Service Number. Wow, how cool is that?

Guess you heard about Makoko Fresh, a website created by a 17 year old girl, Sharon, who designed it to help the fishermen in her community get value for their hard work. The website expands their fishing business as it opens them to a wider range of customers.

And there’s Chinonso Onyekwena, the 11 years old boy who ties gele (head gear) for a living. With his dexterous fingers, this young lad has become the talk on many ladies lips as his work at his age is impeccable.

These youngsters have started to rake in good income at their age just by using the resources available to them. They have refused to acknowledge the obstacles in their individual communities; instead they have used them as a platform to shine. I TINK its wrong to say children are the leaders of tomorrow, I TINK they are tomorrow.