Empathy with Inanimate Objects and the Uncanny Valley

  title={Empathy with Inanimate Objects and the Uncanny Valley},
  author={Catrin Misselhorn},
  journal={Minds and Machines},
The term “uncanny valley” goes back to an article of the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori (Mori 1970, 2005). He put forward the hypothesis that humanlike objects like certain kinds of robots elicit emotional responses similar to real humans proportionate to their degree of human likeness. Yet, if a certain degree of similarity is reached emotional responses become all of a sudden very repulsive. The corresponding recess in the supposed function is called the uncanny valley. The present paper… Expand

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