Thursday, October 15, 2009

Uncanny Valley, With Monkeys

Apparently monkeys are also freaked out by their zombie counter parts.  I don't find it surprising, really who doesn't hate zombies! Those stupid realistic versions of ourselves are always popping up in the most unexpected places.  Like on the T.V. or Youtube when you do something really stupid because you got drunk and thought it would be fun to appear on failblog.  That wasn't me, was it?  It must be a zombie!

I say we all go down to this so called "uncanny valley" and go beat the hell out of all those zombie humans and monkeys!  Oh and someone bring a camera, we can put it on the youtube.

“The visual behavior of the monkeys falls into the uncanny valley just the same as human visual behavior,” wrote Princeton University evolutionary biologists Shawn Steckinfinger and Asif Ghazanfar in a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Wired]

" The “uncanny valley” was identified in 1970 by Japanese roboticist Masahito Mori, who noticed that people presented with likenesses of increasing realism respond with increasing empathy, right up to the point where the likenesses are almost real. At that point, people are repulsed. The sudden dip in graphs describing their response gave the phenomenon its name." [Wired]
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