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Prosthetic Hands Trigger Uncanny Valley Sense of Creepiness

Creepy humanoid robots and animated Hollywood characters have been accused of triggering the so-called "uncanny valley" phenomenon—that eerie or unsettling feeling people experience in response to not-quite-human figures. But a new study shows how even a prosthetic hand can trigger a similar sense of unease. The notion of the uncanny valley comes from a 1970 essay by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori, titled "Bukimi no Tani" ("Valley of Eeriness"), which included a graph illustrating the "eerie" sensation on the Y-axis and the human appearance of an object on the X-axis. The result was a chart with a line climbing uphill toward a peak as

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13 Nov
Erico Guizzo @ericoguizzo
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13 Nov
Automaton @AutomatonBlog
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13 Nov
robots_forever @robots_forever
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