A Wander Through The Uncanny Valley, Part 1
The 1960’s saw a push to make Artificial Intelligence.
But the public, imagining characters such as “Rosie” in the cartoon “The Jetson’s” were left uninspired by this early phase of AI.
Funding was pulled and research entered into a period called The AI winter. Today we are in full thaw.
But still, a problem exists, a sort of paradox, namely, that interacting with humanoid robots generates a feeling of creepy-ness.
In 1970 a Japanese Scientist, Mashahiro Mori wrote a paper discussing a concept he termed “The Uncanny Valley".
There are forms that are barely human, there are forms that are fully human and then there’s everything in between.
This is the Uncanny Valley.