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Five curious activities done by video conference in quarantine | Stay at home

The quarantine caused by the coronavirus left video conferencing services on the rise. Several activities that until then were developed in physical meetings are now done virtually, through Zoom, Skype or Google Meet, for example. This is the case with work meetings, classes, physical exercises and even medical consultations. In addition to these more obvious and traditional uses, video calls have also been used for more unusual activities, such as sex club meetings and virtual ballads entitled to VIP tickets. Below, see five curious things being done via video calls during isolation.

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Quarantine and restrictions on social interaction impose decreases in the revenue of the entertainment and music industry. An unusual way found by businessmen is to offer ballads through videoconference. You must pay admission and respect etiquette in terms of behavior and dress. Through the video call, the user can enjoy the party, dance and interact with other guests, including celebrities, if he is willing to overpay.

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Clubbing through videoconference has VIP tickets and access to dancers and DJs Photo: Reproduo / Instagram

Clubbing through videoconference has VIP tickets and access to dancers and DJs Photo: Reproduo / Instagram

A successful example of the new fashion is Club Quarantee, New York. The service, which has an Instagram profile, offers events with tickets starting from US $ 10 (about R $ 55, in direct conversion). There is also a VIP entrance that costs US $ 80 (approximately R $ 445) and entitles you to a separate room, access to other VIP guests and contact with famous DJs who stir up the sound of the party.

The Killing Kittens sex club is using video conferencing to keep up its activities in times of pandemic. The club has promoted video meetings among its members with sessions that can reach up to 55 simultaneous transmissions. In addition, there are shows and attractions that participants would find in conventional meetings.

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Club has used videoconferences to promote activities Photo: Divulgao / Killing Kittens

Club has used videoconferences to promote activities Photo: Divulgao / Killing Kittens

The sessions are carried out with mute audio for all the connected ones and communication exclusively through chat mediated by an administrator. Men alone cannot participate and must pay a participation fee. Organizers say the entire proceeds are donated to charities.

Even weddings are being held by videoconference during quarantine. Here in Brazil, the Court of Justice of Minas Gerais was the first to make the exception and the first virtual ceremony was held last Thursday (30). Instead of the traditional signing of documents, the bride and groom Helosa Helena Coutinho and Welton Adriano de Souza said "Yes" when asked if they wished to marry freely and spontaneously. Thus, the wedding was made official through a videoconference. In addition to the bride and groom, the witnesses were also present by video.

In Brazil, many journalists are contributing to the programming of news programs with materials recorded at home or live tickets made from their homes. But the reality of TV via videoconferencing goes beyond that in other countries. In the United States, the humourous Saturday Night Live had a special program last Saturday (25), in which all participants led the attraction through a large video conference.

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Interview and humor programs are using video conferencing to continue on the air Photo: Reproduo / YouTube

Interview and humor programs are using video conferencing to continue on the air Photo: Reproduo / YouTube

Other famous talk shows are going the same way. The Late Show, from the American network CBS, is an example: since confinement became the norm in the United States, the interviews and musical attractions of the talk show are being carried out through conferences using Zoom.

5. Artificial intelligence to attend videoconferences

This item differs slightly from the others on the list, but it also has to do with the large number of video calls made during quarantine. US developer Matt Reed has created an artificial intelligence capable of handling conference invitations via Zoom alone. The robot, called Zoombot, has the ability to recognize voice instructions, as well as understand text messages. Furthermore, artificial intelligence can provide simple answers to questions like how are you? or understand ?.

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Developer created robot that can participate in meetings through Zoom Photo: Divulgao / RedPepper

Developer created a robot that can participate in meetings through Zoom Photo: Divulgao / RedPepper

The joke, however, has its limitations, like the lack of a live and natural video of Matt all the time, bypassed by a series of photos that give the impression that there are problems in the connection, feeling reinforced by the robot saying sorry, my video is a little bad …. The programmer explains that he created the video of himself using Zoom's recording function and programmed the AI ??to react to instructions by executing previously recorded audio files.