Britain launches National Crime Agency

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Britain has launched a new body to tackle serious crimes, the National Crime Agency, dubbed the British FBI, officials said.

British plan for new prisons criticized

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British penal reform groups say that three new jails would waste public money and make Britain the prison capitol of Europe.

N. Ireland considers longer pub hours

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Three months of public consultation began in Northern Ireland Tuesday on the prospect of extending pubs' closing times by three hours.

Need for cash threatens U.S. temperance

ROCKPORT, Mass., July 27 (UPI) -- An increasing number of U.S. towns and counties that ban the sale of alcohol are changing their tune in the pursuit of increased revenue.

Of Human Interest: News lite

Those extra dollars in the family checking account last year mainly came from the woman of the house, the New York Times reports.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Robot face can smile, sneer

DENVER, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Robots of the future will be able to smile, frown and sneer on cue, as well as respond appropriately to human facial expressions, the creator of one such prototype said Monday.

David Hanson is an American robotics designer and researcher, responsible for the creation of a series of realistic humanoid robots.

Dr. David Franklin Hanson, Jr., develops human-like robots with realistic facial expressions and conversational abilities . He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in film/animation/video, while developing robots as art. Hanson later worked as a sculptor and a technical consultant at Walt Disney Imagineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in spring of 2007. Hanson currently serves as president and founder of Hanson Robotics.

Hanson’s robots were shown first at the 2002 AAAI conference in Edmonton, Canada and in 2003, he showed the Kbot at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting . In 2005, Hanson and team received an AAAI award for their "intelligent conversational portrait" of Philip K. Dick . First shown at the 2005 Nextfest, the robot incorporated thousands of pages of the writings of PKD, including journals and letters, into an LSA corpus and conversational system constructed by Andrew Olney of the University of Memphis. Steve Aydt and Hanson provided additional conversational design for the PKD-android .

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