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Primate Origins for the Uncanny Valley

Human suspicion of realistic robots and avatars may have earlier origins than previously thought. The phenomenon, called the uncanny valley, describes the disquiet caused by synthetic people which almost, but not quite, match human expressiveness. Experiments with macaque monkeys show they too are suspicious of replicas that fall short of the real thing. The research… Read More »

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 »