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23-01-2014, 05:06 PM
Uncanny Valley
Why do "not quite human" things creep us out?
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23-01-2014, 05:11 PM
RE: Uncanny Valley
Us?

I think near human creatures are fantastic... As in unbelievable

And if they do exist, they're more interesting than scary.
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23-01-2014, 05:21 PM
RE: Uncanny Valley
Vsauce has made an interesting video about this question.



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26-01-2014, 05:59 AM
RE: Uncanny Valley
They're not quite human?
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26-01-2014, 01:03 PM
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This is something that I've thought about quite extensively (because my uncanny valley is decidedly more shallow that other people's!) and the only thing I can think of is camouflage/mimicry detection. If something appears human-ish, our ancestors needed to be able to tell if it was actually a human or a predatory imposter. I mean...yeah, sure, mimicking primates is almost unheard of, but who knows? Maybe it's one of those things left over in the reptile part of our brains. It makes us uneasy because we need that fight-or-flight response to kick in.

Please forgive me if this was already discussed in the video above. I'm having trouble accessing youtube today. Bummer.

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29-01-2014, 09:44 AM
RE: Uncanny Valley
(23-01-2014 05:06 PM)BrokenQuill92 Wrote:  Why do "not quite human" things creep us out?

My thoughts are that because classifying them differently.

Take a robot that acts human. We see it as a robot doing things that are new.

Take an android that doesn't act human. We see it as a human which isn't acting right.

You see something similar happen with dogs when they come across another dog with issues. It's a warning that the other dog may act unpredictably and dangerously.

So it could be an evolved instinct warning us of other humans in the pack who are mentally disturbed.

My preference though is that it is a product of our mirror neurons firing where we try to identify with what the other person is thinking and feeling. If we see an android acting really odd we imagine being in a similar state and that can be disturbing.
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29-01-2014, 12:51 PM
RE: Uncanny Valley
Well, what is it like to listen to a bad speech engine?

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