Meet Nadine, the chatty robot that can remember past conversations

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Nadine, a humanoid robot ‘receptionist’ at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, is able to greet visitors and remember their names, and even the conversations they have previously had. Footage shows her having a chat with her creator, Prof. Nadia Thalmann, at the university earlier this month.

The humanoid, a doppelganger of Prof. Nadia Thalmann, albeit with a Scottish accent rather than her native Swiss twang, is designed to operate as a personal assistant in offices and homes of the future. Described in an NTU press release as having “soft skin and flowing brunette hair” Nadine is able to smile at visitors and looks into their eyes when talking. She is also able to shake hands with human beings and wave them goodbye.
Professor Thalmann asked Nadine her job the robot then replied: “”I am a social companion, I can speak of emotions and I can recognise people,” demonstrating the extent of the machine’s voice recognition software.

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