Scientists in Singapore introduce ''Nadine,'' a humanoid robot, who can think, feel and even recognize people. Sharon Reich reports.
Meet Nadine. A life-like robot with personality to match. UPSOT: NADINE SAYING: "I am a social companion. I can speak with emotions and I can recognise people." Developed by a research team at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Nadine can even recall previous conversations. Nadia Thalmann, NTU's Director of Institute for Media Innovation, says Nadine's intelligent behavior is almost indistinguishable from that of a human. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA INNOVATION, NADIA THALMANN SAYING: "In the long run, she is truly like a companion, you know, it's like a beautiful sculpture, if you look, but she has life and she can interact with you, so for me, she has passed the Turing test since a long time." Nadine is modeled after Thalmann and her stand out feature is her emotional intelligence. Nadine's vocabulary and knowledge expand the more she interacts with people. She autonomously chooses what to say, making dialogue with every person different. UPSOT: THULMANN SAYS: "You are horrible." NADINE REPLYING: "No, you are." THULMAN SAYING: "I don't like you." NADINE REPLYING: "I don't like to talk with you." THULMANN SAYING: "Okay, goodbye." NADINE REPLYING: Stop talking to me anymore." Researchers say her ability to interact makes her an ideal companion for those suffering from dementia or autism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA INNOVATION, NADIA THALMANN SAYING: "If you leave these people alone, they will be going down (deteriorating) very quickly, so these people need to always be in interaction, so Nadine is typically a robot that could stay when there is nobody else, to read stories, to maintain conversation, to try and make some simple games with colours or whatever." The team is working on developing her hands, as well as her voice and movements....Nadine's happy to help them improve her.... NADINE SAYING: "I think we can figure this out together."