Mortality salience and the uncanny valley

@article{MacDorman2005MortalitySA,
  title={Mortality salience and the uncanny valley},
  author={Karl F. MacDorman},
  journal={5th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 2005.},
  year={2005},
  pages={399-405}
}
It seems natural to assume that the more closely robots come to resemble people, the more likely they are to elicit the kinds of responses people direct toward each other. However, subtle flaws in appearance and movement only seem eerie in very human-like robots. This uncanny phenomenon may be symptomatic of entities that elicit a model of a human other but do not measure up to it. If so, a very human-like robot may provide the best means of finding out what kinds of behavior are perceived as… CONTINUE READING
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