Meet Nadine — The World’s Most Human-like Emotionally Intelligent Robot


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Short Bytes: Nadine, an AI-powered human companion who is also emotionally intelligent, is working as a receptionist as Nanyang Technological University. With her human-like skin and almost real looking hair, she makes it easier for the humans to approach her and talk to her. Nadine is surely a cue of the humanoid future.

The inevitable tussle of human endeavour towards Artificial intelligence vs Human intelligence is redefining the future perspective of our futuristic world. In such endeavour, we are often left behind with certain questions like —

  • What will be the future of robotics?
  • Will artificial intelligence be ever empathetic towards human behaviour?
  • Will AI-powered robots ever be able to seamlessly behave and blend with human perpetual existence?

Just like we take a guess by glancing at taking a grain out of granary, the same way, we can discern the anticipatory behaviour of the futuristic robots by taking a cue from the distance humans have covered so far in this field.

Meet Nadine – a new social and ’emotionally intelligent’ robot from the scientists in Singapore. She is a precursor of things to arrive in the nearer future. Nadine is a realistic-looking humanoid machine with an edge over their obviously artificial counterparts. This makes Nadine standout from the crowd of the robots because her physical resemblance to ordinary people could help us interact with a machine in a more natural way.

Over the past four years, our team at Nanyang Technological University have been fostering cross-disciplinary research in social robotics technologies to transform a virtual human, from within a computer, into a physical being that is able to observe and interact with other humans.
— said Nadia Thalmann, Prof Thalmann, the director of the Institute for Media, NTU.

To wipe out the fine and sane line which decides the distinction between human and machine, scientists have employed linguistics and psychology besides the conventional robotics to the robots. Is Nadine An Emotionally Intelligent Companion Robot?

Nadia Thalmann explains —

This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening. So in future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C–3PO… with knowledge of language and etiquette.

With soft skin and fairly convincing-looking hair, Nadine is a pretty emulation of an actual person. Nadine currently acts in the role of a ‘receptionist’ at Nanyang Technological University.

“As countries worldwide face challenges of an ageing 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,”
— said Thalmann.

If you want to have an experience of what Nadine looks like, here is a video link of Nadine for you.

Also read: Artificial Intelligence Is Just As Smart As Your Kid, IQ Tests Reveal

Amar Shekhar

Amar Shekhar

A passionate adventure traveller over and Author of the book 'The Girl from the Woods'.
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