From the Vault: 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.

The far side of the uncanny valley rises steeply, assaulting our psyche as our artificial human likenesses creep ever closer toward perfection. But what happens when we actually emerge on the other side? What happens to human society when video footage is no longer the gold standard? Robert and Joe investigate. (Originally published April 4, 2017)

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