Robots, Dolls and CGI. Between Empathy and Sheer Horror.

It’s 1970, and Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori makes a simple drawing to accompany his latest to-be-published work. He is researching the relationship between human likeness and familiarity, and soon finds himself staring at a marked drop in the curvy line that transverses his graph. He calls this sink the “uncanny valley”, a dip in emotional response when encountering an entity that is almost, but not quite human.

Mori’s curvy graph — Wikipedia. CC.
Robot “performing” at Tokyo’s Digital Contents Expo in 2010
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Anthropologist & User Experience Designer. I write about science and technology. Robot whisperer. VR enthusiast. Gamer. @yisela_at www.yisela.com