Professor Nadia Thalmann (right) shaking hands with Nadine, a robot made in her likeness at a Singapore university.

Meet your newest friend, nurse and carer: a robot who reads your moods and emotions

A social robot equipped with personality, a humanoid face and a good memory could soon be, say, a coach for your autistic son, a minder for your diabetic daughter, a carer for your dad with dementia or a companion for your elderly aunt who lives alone

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Professor Nadia Thalmann (right) shaking hands with Nadine, a robot made in her likeness at a Singapore university.
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Jeanette Wang

Jeanette Wang

SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."