Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Nadine- latest humanoid receptionist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) could be considered as the rise of advanced social robots. She is truly a humanoid, as whether it is remembering your names, your previous conversations, greeting you with smile, shaking hand with you, she can do all.

Her look is completely like a human being with soft skin and has flowing brunette hair. She has her own personality, own set of moods and emotions depending upon conversation taken place. Prof Nadia Thalmann has developed Nadine, which is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana.

It is said that Nadine can be a perfect personal assistant in office, a great help at home and a nice company for youngsters and elderly. But then also humanoid social robots like Nadine are found unsettling by many and may due to their appearance and ethical issues associated with them.

It is not the human-like appearance of these robots that is a problematic factor for researchers, but moral and ethical questions on how they will be used. To cite few examples, would it be right to fool an elderly into sharing his or her personal concerns with a robot having a human face.

Nadine and other humanoid robots can be programmed with child-rearing applications. But an ethical question that arises is of using a robot like Nadine to fill in societal and personal needs. Can these requirements by met by a robot, which is not genuinely responding and cannot provide an emotional connection.

So far, Nadine has received praise from robotic enthusiasts, but on Twitter, a lot of debate has also taken place. “This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening. So in future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C-3PO, the iconic golden droid from Star Wars, with knowledge of language and etiquette”, believes Prof Thalmann.

According to the StraitsTimes, she looks almost like a human being, with a full head of hair and dewy skin. And she has a personality to boot. Nadine is capable of holding a conversation, remembers what she was told previously - and gets angry if she is insulted. Nadine is one of two robots unveiled on Tuesday (Dec 29) by the Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Institute for Media Innovation. Like her creator Professor Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is 1.68m tall. She cannot walk, but Prof Thalmann said making her mobile would be the next goal for researchers.

The UniversityHerald notes that, personality is not all that new to artificial intelligence, as tech giants like Apple and Google have advanced their voice command technology to the point where users can carry out conversations with their devices.

Nadine is just the future of the A.I. technology. While NASA is already developing a humanoid robot to one day assist astronauts on long deep-space flights, but Nadine could make her way to the workforce. Robots like her could make it difficult for people to take sick days.

In other news UPI reported, powered by a software technology similar to Apple's interactive interface Siri, Nadine talks and acts like a human. Deployed with her own personality, Nadine can use her social intelligence to express emotions and change moods in accordance with the topic and tone of conversation. Her memory allows her to recognize people she's met before and recall what was said during previous conversations.

"This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening," Nadia Thalmann, a robotics professor NTU's School of Computer Engineering, explained in a press release. "So in future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C-3PO, the iconic golden droid from Star Wars, with knowledge of language and etiquette."

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