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Will.i.am wants to create a virtual human

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Justin Bieber
Kanye West
In this image released by NBC, director James Burrows, standing center, poses with the cast of "Friends," from left, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, seated, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow during the taping of "Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows."
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The 40-year-old entrepreneur - who is renowned for creating snazzy yet useful pieces of technology - is keen to develop a gadget that he can hold a conversation with in the near future.

He explained to the Independent newspaper: "Eventually there are going to be screenless devices - a speaker is a screenless device. I need to talk to it, have a conversation with it, not just blurt out commands and boom she does it. The Internet is so huge, it's like the ocean and it's going to take so long to sniff through it to find things that are relevant. So I want to be able to talk to something that is actually an embodiment of the Internet in this persona. Where she has access to the Internet as her DNA. Where I could speak to her."

But, for now, the Black Eyed Peas singer is pouring his heart into his new slick wrist-wear Dial, which is set to rival Apple's famous watch, when it goes on sale in April.

The 'Voice' coach has worked hard with his company iam+ to create the impressive gadget, which connects to the outside world via a sim card or through wifi.

The Dial makes calls, sends text messages, gives directions, counts steps, and reads messages as well as telling the time.

The 'Friends' cast bonded over a game of poker.

James Burrows, the director of the US sitcom, lent his room to the six main cast members and forced the clan to connect over the gambling card game, and the real-life bonding exercise was later featured in an episode of the first series of the show.

Lisa Kudrow, who played ditsy Phoebe Buffay, said: "Burrows gave his dressing room because it was big. We really wanted to connect. I think it was sort of unspoken, but we instinctively felt like we need to be friends, we need to get along, we need to connect.

"And so we started playing poker and Jimmy gave us his room so that we could have a bigger hangout room for us."

Jennifer Aniston added: "They wrote an episode about it, actually!"

Matt LeBlanc - who was also joined in the series by David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox - also credits James with uniting the cast.

He said: "(Burrows) really encouraged us all to get along and get to know one another and be kind to one another, and support one another, help one another."

'Friends' debuted on TV screens in 1994 and made the guys: Phoebe, Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler and Joey recognised names in every household.

The gang - apart from Matthew - reunited for 'Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows' which will air on NBC this Sunday

Bieber angers primate society

Justin Bieber has been told he would be "irresponsible" to get another monkey as a pet by the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.

The 'Sorry' singer previously had capuchin monkey OG Mally as his primate pal but the animal was taken off him by officials when he travelled to Germany in March 2013 and put into quarantine.

Bieber has since insisted he had the "right papers" for Mally - who was a birthday gift - when it was confiscated by customs officers and has admitted he'd like to get another monkey but he would keep the creature at his home in America.

He said: "Monkeys are awesome. If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a ... monkey, too ... I just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the... house ... I'm not gonna bring him to Germany."

Now NAPSA has issued a statement urging Bieber, 21, to turn his attention to a different pet as he cannot provide the correct care a monkey needs to live.

The statement reads: "Please do not repeat this foolish endeavour. It is simply not possible to fulfil the unique needs of your monkey within a private home ... It will prove dangerous to both you and your monkey, as well as irresponsible when it comes to your public following."

Recalling what happened when OG Mally was seized from him, Bieber said: "Everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody told me not to bring the monkey. I was like, 'It's gonna be fine, guys!' It was the farthest thing from fine. In Germany, that monkey's endangered or something ... but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted."

Bieber was given until May 7, 2013 to produce the proper paperwork for his monkey, but after he failed to respond, German officials demanded $8,000 to cover the cost of relocating OG Mally to a zoo, and the creature now lives at the Serengeti Park in Copenhagen.

Kanye West only "wants the best" for Taylor Swift.

The 'Only One' hitmaker has praised the 'Shake It Off' star just days after he released a song claiming he "made her famous".

Speaking in a video obtained by X17, he said: "I want the best for that person. But it's people going through real issues out here. It's people that's out of work. It's people that's in debt that can't make it out of the debt. There's people in debt that don't have a shoe. There's people that's in debt that don't have a hit album out also.

"The media tries to make this ongoing story and everything for hits. I don't think people care about me or her in that way. People care about their families, their kids. If you like my music, listen to it. If you like her music, listen to it."

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old rapper previously took to Twitter to insist he didn't "diss" the 26-year-old singer in his song.

In a series of tweets, he wrote: "I did not diss Taylor Swift and I've never dissed her ... First thing is I'm an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship ... 2nd thin I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it.

"3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.