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AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes


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The humanoid robot Nadine.

The humanoid robot Nadine told reporters, "I believe that robots can be a great asset in providing care and assistance to vulnerable people,"

Credit: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Scientists like Nadia Magnenat Thalmann at Switzerland's University of Geneva think artificial intelligence (AI)-powered social robots could help care for the sick and aged in the future.

Thalmann served as a model for Nadine, an android that produces human-like gestures and expressions.

The conversational robot talked, sang, and played bingo with residents at a Singapore nursing facility.

Thalmann said a recent upgrade with the GPT-3 AI model improved Nadine's ability to express more complex ideas.

Nadine was among the robots showcased at an International Telecommunication Union-sponsored conference in Geneva to highlight human-AI collaboration.

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