This realistic looking robot is Nadine, and “she” is remarkably different from conventional ones; in fact, Nadine seems more like a science fiction show character — think of Data from Star Trek the Next Generation or the humanoid Cylons of Battlestar Gallactica. That’s because Nadine can greet you, remember your name and has a personality, and even has moods and emotions when reacting to a conversation topic.
Nadine was invented by scientists at The Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She made to be a doppelganger of her creator, Professor Nadia Thalmann. Nadine works by using intelligent software, similar to Apple’s Siri.
Most current robots are used to speed up performance or take on dangerous tasks in various work environments. The idea here is to have Nadine be a social robot to be used as an assistant in offices or at home where she can be a companion for the young or elderly.
“As countries worldwide face challenges of an aging population, social robots can be one solution to address the shrinking workforce, become personal companions for children and the elderly at home, and even serve as a platform for healthcare services in future,” Thalmann said.
The Nanyang Technological University said it hopes that with further scientific progress in robotics, life like robots such as Nadine will become regularly visible in offices and homes in the future.
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