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.
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.
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.