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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Project: Picture Yourself in the Uncanny Valley

What Is the Uncanny Valley?

An Uncanny Valley face.
Figure 4-6. An Uncanny Valley face.

The Uncanny Valley is a theory that says people feel more comfortable with robots that look more human—but at a certain point, an artificial being that’s just a little bit off becomes frightening or repulsive.

What It Does

Fear of falling into the Uncanny Valley makes it hard for designers in the fields of robotics and computer animation to make realistic-looking representations of humans.

Where It Came From

The Uncanny Valley was first described by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970. He suggested that a ...

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