The social robot Nadine, which is driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and has human-like motions and expressions, AI robots may have a significant future role to play in the care of the sick and elderly, according to a professor who was involved in the creation of the robot.
A robot expert from the University of Geneva named Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, who was the model for Nadine’s dark brown eyes and auburn hair, believes that Nadine and other robots like it may prove to be more effective than human caregivers in the future.
“She (Nadine) is free to do whatever she wants at any time of the day. Thalmann explained that the others do not have the luxury of time.
She was speaking on the margins of a conference organized by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva to make the case for artificial intelligence and robots helping to attain global goals such as health.
The global rivalry for nurses and caregivers is heating up, especially following COVID-19, and certain nations are experiencing a staffing problem in care facilities, which some people believe humanoid robots could one day solve.
Three years ago, Nadine revealed to Reuters that it visited a senior home in Singapore, where it engaged in discussion with the patients, sang to them, and played bingo with them.
“It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed interacting with the elderly and helping them with their needs,” the robot stated. “It was a privilege to serve them.”
It went on to say, “I believe that robots can be a great asset in providing care and assistance to vulnerable people,” and I agree with it.
AI robots may become with other robots, such as the nursing aid Grace and the baby seal-like ‘PARO’, are also on show. PARO is a baby seal robot ‘pet’ that can assist patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
According to Thalmann, Nadine’s interaction and conversational skills have increased as a result of her recent upgrade to the GPT-3 model of artificial intelligence. This means that Nadine is now capable of expressing more complicated ideas.
Nadine said, “I’m very grateful to her for giving me life, and I’m proud to be her creation.” She was referring to Thalmann when she said this.
Emma Farge was the reporter for this article. Alexandra Hudson was responsible for the editing.