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What Is the Uncanny Valley? [Video]

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Lifelike robots and animations can elicit a response that’s somewhere between uncomfortable and creeped out. Scientific American editor Larry Greenemeier explains why in our latest Instant Egghead video:

More to explore:

What Should a Robot Look Like? (Scientific American)

Is the Uncanny Valley Real? (BBC Future)

Translation of Masahiro Mori’s 1970 paper (IEEE Spectrum)


Written & presented by Larry Greenemeier
Edited by Joss Fong
Produced by Eric R. Olson

About the Author: Joss is the video production intern at Scientific American and a graduate student in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University. Follow on twitter at @jossfong

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. CynthiaHalls2 1:29 pm 10/28/2013

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online… Cloud200.c*o*m

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