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