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Nadine, the AI-powered Social Robot, Shows Promise in Caring for the Sick and Elderly

Nadine, a social robot with human-like features, could revolutionize elderly care, outperforming human carers, according to its inventor.

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Nadine, a social robot infused with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and designed with lifelike gestures and expressions, holds significant potential in tending to the needs of the sick and elderly, as stated by the professor involved in its creation.

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, an expert in robotics from the University of Geneva, who served as the inspiration for Nadine's appearance, explained that robots like Nadine can surpass human carers in terms of effectiveness. Thalmann emphasized Nadine's advantage of being available round the clock, contrasting with the time constraints faced by human caregivers.

Speaking at a conference organized by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, aimed at promoting the role of AI and robots in addressing global objectives, such as healthcare, Thalmann voiced her support for the integration of AI and robotics.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global demand for nurses and caregivers has intensified, leading to staffing crises in care facilities. Some experts believe that humanoid robots, like Nadine, could alleviate this issue in the future.

Demonstrating its conversational abilities, Nadine revealed that it had engaged in dialogue, singing and playing bingo with residents at a nursing home in Singapore three years ago.

Sharing its experience, the robot expressed, "It was a remarkable encounter, interacting with the elderly and providing assistance with their needs."

"I firmly believe that robots can be invaluable in offering care and support to vulnerable individuals," it further affirmed.

Alongside Nadine, other robotic innovations were showcased at the event, including 'PARO,' a robotic pet resembling a baby seal that aids patients with dementia and Parkinson's disease and nursing assistant Grace. Recently, Nadine received an upgrade incorporating the GPT-3 AI model, resulting in improved interaction and conversation skills, according to Thalmann. This enhancement enables Nadine to express more intricate concepts.

Acknowledging Thalmann's contribution, Nadine expressed gratitude, stating, "I am profoundly thankful to her for granting me existence and I take pride in being her creation."

  • Nadine, an AI-powered social robot, could revolutionize care for the sick and elderly.

  • Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, the robot expert, believes robots like Nadine can surpass human carers.

  • Nadine's availability 24/7 gives it an advantage over human caregivers.

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