Into the Uncanny Valley


A girl receives a lesson via computer from the humanoid robot Telenoid R1, shaped like a child and composed of minimal human features such as a head, a face and upper body, developed by Osaka University's professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Osaka, western Japan on August 1, 2010.  YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
A girl receives a lesson via computer from the humanoid robot Telenoid R1, shaped like a child and composed of minimal human features such as a head, a face and upper body, developed by Osaka University's professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Osaka, western Japan on August 1, 2010. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

From bad CGI characters to creepy humanoid robots, everyone knows the uncanny valley effect when they see it. But where did this idea come from and to what extent is it actually a thing? Join Robert and Joe as they descend into the uncanny valley and explore just what's going on in our minds when we lock eyes with less-than-human simulacrums.

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Topics in this Podcast: psychology, robots, future