Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

You can expect everything from Nadine, latest social robot developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), as from humans on this job. Developed by Prof Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana.

Nadine has impressive features and looks almost like a human being with soft skin and flowing brunette hair. Her unique features include being friendly, greeting people, remembering person’s name and conversations taken place with her last time.

She is quite different from conventional robots, as she has her own personality, mood and emotions. She can be happy or sad depending on the conversation. This latest humanoid social robot has a lot many uses including she can be a personal assistant in offices and homes in future. She can be a social companion for the young and elderly.

“Robotics technologies have advanced significantly over the past few decades and are already being used in manufacturing and logistics. As countries worldwide face challenges of an aging population, social robots can be one solution to address the shrinking workforce”, affirmed Prof. Thalmann.

Despite having so many uses, its makers have to face a lot of questions rooted in ethics and morality. Human-like appearance rather than proving beneficial proves disadvantageous. Questions that generally arise are on how they will be used.

There are ‘n’ number of questions that can raised related humanoid robot like is it ok to fool an elderly person, who will share his or her personal things with a robot having human-like face. But one answer to this could be elderly get a much-needed company to take out everything they feel about.

Another factor is it can be programmed with child-rearing applications. In this situation, it can be considered that a robot will take care of baby with greater precision. Some questions that are these ethics to use a humanoid robot like Nadine to fill in societal and personal needs. It is a big question as machines cannot return genuine responses and emotional connection cannot be made.


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