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February 20, 2008

Something’s weird…

srikanth @ 11:48 am, GMT +0000 ( 1203508117 ) Play

This graph depicts a concept that has many researchers a bit worried, though some call it pseudo-science. What concept?


Some of the things below have been cited as data points for this graph… Pseudo-bonus points for identifying them.
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Cracked by: Poornima , madhur , shenoyvarun86 , duriel , Dibyo , Ganesh Prasad , Tathagata Chatterjee , udupendra , BiGFooT , Vinod P.V , prasanth , shivathilak , yaksha , rajeshvj , quantumfoammakesmeroamakhi , varuns88 and shashank.

Answer: The “Uncanny valley“. The images are some typical examples

1) Aki Ross, from Final Fantasy: The  Spirits Within. The movie was a major flop, though it had a very interesting story and was animated well. Some attribute it to the fact that the characters were “almost realistic”, making it sit deep in uncanny valley.
2) Arnie’s wax model at Madame Tussaud’s. The wax-models there typically have this same issue.
3) Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (right) and his robotic double (left). The same “something’s weird” feeling persists about the robot model.

18 Responses to “Something’s weird…”

  1. Poornima

    Mori, a robot designer came up with this concept. The relation between human likeness and perceived familiarity:familiarity increases with human likeness until a point is reached at which subtle differences in appearance and behavior create an unnerving effect called the uncanny valley.

  2. madhur

    Uncanny Valley

    …Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro

  3. The Uncanny Valley by Masahiro Mori
    One picture is that of Terminator,rest no idea,so assume a Pseudo Answer:P:P

  4. duriel

    haha…. i always thought i was crazy to have known something like the uncanny valley… i see i am not alone :)

    Anyway, Answer: The graph depicts the Uncanny Valley. It measures emotional response of people to humanoid characters (robots/animation stuff like that)

    The idea is that as characters look more lifelike, we become more sensitive to their un-human qualities. so, while tintin might be a believable, Aki ross has a “weird mouth tip” :)

    anyway, the pseudo bonus questions:
    Aki Ross, from Final Fantasy: The Spirits within ,
    Terminator, Conan The Barbarian,
    The last 2 are wax version + actual human (some guy)

    If you haven’t yet seen the Heavy Rain Demo, see it.

  5. duriel

    ah, the 3rd pseudo bonus answer is “Dr. Ishiguro and his double, not necessarily in that order :)”, and its a bot, not a wax thing.

  6. Dibyo

    The concept is called ‘Uncanny Valley’.

    – Aki Ross from Final Fantasy
    – Arnie in Terminator?
    – Hiroshi Ishiguro & Geminoid

  7. Ganesh Prasad

    Uncanny Valley

  8. Tathagata Chatterjee

    Uncanny Valley.

    Identified “things” : Lara Croft ( Virtual woman), Terminator 1/2, Conan the Barbarian etc

    Tathagata Chatterjee

  9. udupendra

    This would be Mori’s Uncanny Valley hypothesis

  10. BiGFooT

    The Uncanny Valley hypothesis , as proposed by Masahiro Mori , has roboticists worried about the nature of emotional responses shown by humans during their interactions with robots.

    Datapoints are : Final Fantasy(CGI interaction), Arnie`s T2 – Terminator and
    the Geminoid HI-1 robot modelled after Hiroshi Ishiguro

    Another common thread is that they are all “Actroids” or artificial actors

  11. Vinod P.V

    Uncanny Valley – hypothesis about robotics concerning the emotional response of humans to robots and other non-human entities.

  12. The uncanny valley or valley of familiarit

    lady in final fantasy
    arnold Schwarzenegger as senator, terminator and mythical hero from red sonja

    two weird chinese guys? who?

  13. shivathilak

    The concept of “uncanny valley” where robots begin to resemble humans until a point where they are so close that it is well creepy and the curve dips indicating that familiarity with human beings is lost.

    first pic- rendering of the chick in final fantasy, where the uncanny valley syndrome is attributed to have alienated the audience because the rendering was so close hence making it a boz office failure

    second pic- arnold schwarzenegger as terminator was predicted to flop cause of the uncanny valley syndrome but didnt.

    third pic- dunno.

  14. yaksha

    the uncanny valley.

    The uncanny valley is a hypothesis about robotics concerning the emotional response of humans to robots and other non-human entities

    3>Dr. Ishiguro and his double.

  15. rajeshvj

    The concept of “Uncanny valley”.

  16. akhi

    “uncanny valley”.

    first pic : final fantasy ?
    second : hey that’s mr.terminator :D
    the third pic : Dr.Ishiguro and his robotic double geminoid.

  17. varuns88

    The concept of Uncanny Valley.

  18. Uncanny Valley

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