Monthly Archives: September 2009

Too scary to be real? Virtual eeriness challenged.

Researchers at Indiana University have challenged the long-held assumption that androids, dolls and virtual characters become MORE eerie the closer they resemble humans – an assumption known as the ‘uncanny valley premise.’ 40 years ago, the pioneering Japanese robotocist Masahiro Mori defined the uncanny valley as that place where zombies, corpses and dancing mannequins reside.  Achieving… Read More »

Sex robots are on their way!

Robotics and artificial intelligence expert Professor Rodney Brooks recently claimed that it is inevitable that such technologies will be used by the sex toy industry : “Every technology that we’ve had, there has been a sexual driver of it…I mean, that’s certainly true of photographs in the 19th century; and home video players were really… Read More »