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The unsettling sense that something is almost but not quite human...
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Living with everyday robots: insights from social robotics

Living with everyday robots: insights from social robotics | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Heather Knight describes a series of important choices that humans face in designing robots that they will actually want to use and engage with, emphasizing that design considerations today can foreshadow policy choices in the future.
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Knight's paper neatly summarises design choices that need to be made to smooth our path into living with robots, addressing cross-cultural concerns as well as practical issues such as our responses to driverless cars. Writing from a research perspective on the UVE I particularly found the new version of Mori's diagram a novel and well-illustrated example!  

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Japan's elderly warm to living dolls

Japan's elderly warm to living dolls | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
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Luisa Whitton Photography: What About The Heart, full collection

Luisa Whitton Photography: What About The Heart, full collection | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it

A fascinating collection of images and interview snippets. I particularly liked the one about Honda asking the vatican for permission to create an android! 

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Digital Actors Go Beyond the Uncanny Valley

Digital Actors Go Beyond the Uncanny Valley | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it

It’s cheaper to hire George Clooney than it is to generate his digital doubleComputer-generated humans in movies and video games are paving the way for new forms of entertainment

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As the article says, it’s cheaper to hire George Clooney than it is to generate his digital double: but for how much longer? 

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Cyborg glasses express fake emotions

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
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Your glasses smile so you don't have to. 

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Robots, the 'uncanny valley' and learning to love the alien - Telegraph

Robots, the 'uncanny valley' and learning to love the alien  - Telegraph | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Can we rewire our human distrust of robots that look like us?
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Nice new research piece.... 

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Andra Keay on “What were the highlights at IROS/iREX this year?” | Robohub

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I would have loved to have been present for this session - I'm piecing together bits from various posts but I'm still quite hazy on what was actually covered. I'll have to look into the new ontological status hypothesis and bring myself up to speed... 

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IKEA One Room Paradise TV Advert

IKEA One Room Paradise TV Advert | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
This month sees the launch of our new TV advert, "One Room Paradise", a film showing how one doll and her son make the most of their small space thanks to so...
Stephanie Lay's insight:

A friend shared this link with me (thanks, Lisa!) as an example of uncanny valley eeriness. My word - yes! Particularly the grown-up doll - child dolls are closer to normal, adult ones much less so. 

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Ishiguro's latest ... android?

Ishiguro's latest ... android? | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Regular readers will no doubt recall the Telenoid R1, the tactile doll shaped like a giant human foetus that when controlled via remote computer almost appears to be alive.
Stephanie Lay's insight:

I can imagine this being quite a comforting proxy for someone you're missing... 

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Childlike robots and adaptive mannequins

Childlike robots and adaptive mannequins | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
The post-apocalyptic world in which robots control humanity and keep us as pets is a long way away, apparently.
Stephanie Lay's insight:

Absolutely fascinating - both the interview with Matsui but also the 'Lost in Translation' deleted scene (slightly NSFW) are well worth a watch.

 

I did like the observation that some of the robots were being deliberately created as childlike to resonate with their tentative place in the world. 

 

That said, I'd strongly disagree with the author's premise that the robots depicted in the videos have avoided the uncanny valley! With their dark, blank eyes and lack of any other features these gliding child robots have a strong resemblance to Sine, my long-term Twitter icon and original poster girl for the UV.

 

The mannequins, while certainly more elegant, are most definitely creepy and there's something achingly sad about the idea that they learn how to pose by remembering how much people smiled at them the day before... 

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Ghostly emergent faces

Ghostly emergent faces | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
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This is fascinating - a random polygon generator hooked up to a face recognition tool with a genetic algorithm in the middle rejecting anything that doesn't look face-y. 

After a couple of hours, it's come up with several faces on my computer but this one is definitely the most unsettling one that's appeared...remember, this is all appearing from random polygons. 

Today, there really are ghosts in the machine...

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Swapping the faces of children with their dolls creates an unspeakable horror

Swapping the faces of children with their dolls creates an unspeakable horror | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it

Swapping the faces of children with their dolls creates an unspeakable horror

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A purer example of genuine uncanniness would be hard to find... 

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Robotic face responds to measurements of slime mould

Robotic face responds to measurements of slime mould | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Apparently, slime mold has feelings too. Researchers at the University of the West of England have a bit of a history with Physarum polycephalum -- a
Stephanie Lay's insight:

Well. There's not really much that can be said about this one! It's certainly a novel method for visualising research data - and of course, robotic heads making swift changes in emotional state are always delightfully creepy. 

 

{Even without slime mould in the picture...}

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Haunting Surreal Photographs from the 60s Inspired by Children's Nightmares

Haunting Surreal Photographs from the 60s Inspired by Children's Nightmares | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Noted American photographer Arthur Tress is known for his strangely posed and articulated surrealist work. Born in November of 1940, he was merely in his t
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Exclusive: Androids in Tokyo test Uncanny Valley theory

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What About The Heart?

What About The Heart? | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Photographer Luisa Whitton documents what it means to be human in a time when robots nearly resemble living, breathing people.
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Emotions bring mannequin to 'life'

Emotions bring mannequin to 'life' | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
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Emotions bring mannequin to 'life' - the aim may be to add realism but definitely triggers eeriness - it looks like a fascinating training tool but I wouldn't want to be on a late shift alone with SimMan... 

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This Gyrating Animatronic Doll Will Haunt Your Dreams

The thing dancing in this video is not a person. It's a humanoid installation piece, featuring facial recognition technology that allows it to focus on and follow you with its gaze. And yes, it is freaky as all hell.
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Prosthetic Hands Trigger Uncanny Valley Sense of Creepiness - IEEE Spectrum

Prosthetic Hands Trigger Uncanny Valley Sense of Creepiness - IEEE Spectrum | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
A new study finds that prosthetic hands trigger the most eerie feelings compared to normal hands or robotic hands
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Intrigung to note that it's not just faces... 

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The Monkey and the Mask: Terrifying Portraits of Indonesia’s Street-Performing Macaques | LightBox | TIME.com

The Monkey and the Mask: Terrifying Portraits of Indonesia’s Street-Performing Macaques | LightBox | TIME.com | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Terror often stems not from the unknown, but from something familiar that has been subtly -- but unmistakably -- transformed. This certainly helps explain why Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa's series of masked and chained monkeys is so unsettling.
Stephanie Lay's insight:

I feel a little uncomfortable sharing this as an example of the uncanny valley because I don't want to diminish how awful it is that these creatures are being mis-treated - but they are, without a  doubt both humanlike and terribly unsettling so as an example of the form, worth sharing. 

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What Is the Uncanny Valley? [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

What Is the Uncanny Valley? [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
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 ...
Stephanie Lay's insight:

A very nice 2-minute overview of what the UV is - one of the best ones I've seen for defining that difference between "lifelike" and "alive". The last line made me think - how much of the UV effect is because on some level, we don't *want* humans to be emulated and would prefer that we remained original, special in some undefined way? 

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Robots at Work and Play

Robots at Work and Play | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more
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4, 13 and 32 certainly dwell in the Valley... 

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Creepy dolls - it's in the eyes

Creepy dolls - it's in the eyes | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it

http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20131012/WDH01/310120365/Creepy-cute-video-

Stephanie Lay's insight:

Some lovely on-the-spot uncanny valley research being carried out at an Atlanta antiques fair featuring some delighftully unsettling dolls.The 'participants' had different opinions on why, but they did settle on the one aspect that I'm highlighting in my research - it's something about the eyes.  

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What Should a Robot's Face Look Like? - IEEE Spectrum

What Should a Robot's Face Look Like? - IEEE Spectrum | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it
If (or when) you get an assistive robot in your house, do you want it to look human, or not?
Stephanie Lay's insight:

Fascinating study - I like the different levels of robot/human/blend, and that participants were being asked to imagine different tasks to carry out with the robots. (I did something similar in my first research phase.) 

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Real-world example of the eye-size effect

Real-world example of the eye-size effect | Uncanny Valley | Scoop.it

Providing an extreme example of Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Sasaki’s makeup wizardy impressively brings the 3-D character Hatsune Miku to life—and leaves our spines tingling.

Stephanie Lay's insight:

What timing, I've just been writing up Seyama & Nagayama's papers on the effect of eye size on perceptions of the uncanny - and lo and behold, here's someone supporting that evidence beautifully. Overly large eyes are very unsettling... 

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