Posts tagged robots
from “the truth about the uncanny valley” at popular mechanics
hello! this is super interesting. for reference — in 1970, roboticist masahiro mori posited that realistic robots are creepy because they are not quite real enough to pass for human, not quite fake enough to be easily pegged as fake. that is, they fall into the “uncanny valley”. I am frustrated by a lot of discourse around the uncanny valley — the assumption is generally that of course incongruity/difference/strangeness are repulsive. which has pretty gloomy implications for human society! and especially for those of us with uncanny bodies/behaviours. like, people discussing the uncanny valley will often analogise between the not-quite-right android and the moving corpse and the sick person, and theorise that the uncanny valley response is inherent to our neurology, helping us pick out and avoid sick people or even people outside our social/cultural group. but if different social groups respond differently to the uncanny then that might indicate that it is not inherently repulsive, that we don’t possess a built-in defence mechanism against the Other.