It's a milestone for robots: One has learned to smile and make realistic facial expressions on its own for the first time,Wired reports. University of California researchers put their Einstein robot in front of a video camera attached to facial recognition software, which gave it feedback as it randomly contorted its 31 artificial facial muscles. The experiment could shed light on how babies learn to make expressions.
"The robotic approach is the ultimate in helping us understand learning and development," one expert said. “There’s so much we can learn by actually trying to make it happen instead of just watching kids try to move their faces—it’s like having a baby as opposed to just watching a baby.” The team now plans to teach the robot to socialize. SOURCE: Wired
North Korea has not yet sent Lisa Ling or Euna Lee to a prison labor camp, keeping them instead in a “guest house,” according to a University of Georgia political scientist who recently visited the country. It's a sign that Pyongyang still wants to negotiate the girls' fate with the US the scholar said, predicting that North Korea would soon schedule talks.“I heard from North Korean officials that the American journalists were doing fine at a guest house in Pyongyang,” the scholar said. Ling and Lee, who were arrested for attempting to film a piece for Al Gore's CurrentTV, have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. Ling called her sister yesterday, and said that a government pardon was their only hope of freedom. SOURCE: Associated Press