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Human-like robots continue to repulse us


Posted on Sunday, 8 May, 2011 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The closer to human a robot appears to be the more likely it is for people to find it repulsive.

The term "uncanny valley" is sometimes used to describe the idea that while we find robots interesting and delightful as they begin to resemble humans, the closer they become to human-like the more the response turns to that of revulsion.

"The “valley” therefore describes those robots that fall in the zombie no-man’s-land between “almost human” and “fully human”."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by SlimJim22 on 8 May, 2011, 19:31
There's a growing market for robotic companionship. I struggle to grasp it but I know it is true. A month or so back there was a TV show where a British comedian went to Japan and observed any idiosynchrocies. The most shocking was a guy who collected human sized sex dolls. A robotic sex doll is the next step I suppose. While I can't see the point of this sort of companionship personally I understand some feel the desire. If there is demand for something then they will make it. Maybe I'll get my wish for robot-looking worker robots. If they do wanna make them look like people then I vote we re... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Surreptitious on 8 May, 2011, 19:39
I struggle to grasp it but I know it is true. A month or so back there was a TV show where a British comedian went to Japan and observed any idiosynchrocies. The most shocking was a guy who collected human sized sex dolls. A robotic sex doll is the next step I suppose. While I can't see the point of this sort of companionship personally I understand some feel the desire. If there is demand for something then they will make it. Maybe I'll get my wish for robot-looking worker robots. If they do wanna make them look like people then I vote we require a few bladerunners just to be safe. LOL!!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Soul Kitchen on 9 May, 2011, 2:44
Who gets repulsed by robots?
Comment icon #13 Posted by terry1233 on 9 May, 2011, 6:17
lol!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Robbie333 on 9 May, 2011, 15:26
Robbie333 @Robbie333 I couldn't agree more! But I would have to say BSG would be a best case scenario. LOL! LOL
Comment icon #15 Posted by The Silver Thong on 9 May, 2011, 16:46
I would love a robot that looked like me. I would send it to work while I sat on my butt all day lol
Comment icon #16 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 10 May, 2011, 13:16
For some reason these advancements in Robotics gives me the heebie jeebies. Maybe I watched too much Battle Star Gallactica but I can see things going horribly wrong with future bots in the wrong hands and if and when they ever begin the learning process, well... What's the worse that could happen? *Cue opening playground on fire scene from Terminator 2* Oh right...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Robbie333 on 10 May, 2011, 14:29
There's a growing market for robotic companionship. Yes, I have read that the Japenese men and maybe women are looking for-- Robotic Companianship-- in which I will be civil and won't go there but...that sounds pretty creepy to me and a little perverted, you know? Oh well, to each his own but I like the real deal.
Comment icon #18 Posted by iluthradanar on 10 May, 2011, 15:52
So the reports indicate we want humanoid but not human-looking, as if that would be crossing some line? Just something to get used to, is all.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Surreptitious on 14 May, 2011, 18:06
Reminds me of the crappy movie surrogates.


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