Here is a terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ named Nadine that has an outlook like human and behaves like its owner. It could one day work in your office. It has caused a lot of stir while sitting behind as a receptionist at the welcome desk at a Singapore university. With mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted to the side, she almost exactly looks like human being.
It very well remembers what you talked about last time she saw you and greets you saying a friendly hello. However, there is something odd about Nadine. She is among the latest in a line of so-called ‘social robots’, having personalities and emotions of their own.
Nadine has been touted as the latest on in a generation of robots with a capability of conversing with people, adapting their responses and remembering earlier conversations. Professor Nadia Thalmann, director of the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is the creator of the advanced robot.
Professor Thalmann said that the humanoid has a personality of her own and can very well depict mood swings and emotions. In a video, the robot has been featured answering questions of her creator in a pseudo-emotional computerized Scottish accent.
Professor Thalmann said the robot that ‘You are a beautiful and attractive social robot, to which Nadine replied saying ‘Thank you. You look attractive too’.
Furthermore, the android can react to negative sentiments appropriately. For example, when Professor Thalmann said her ‘I hate you’, Nadine replied positively saying ‘Tell me more about that’.