The Uncanny

So I’ve noticed that everyone is starting to put their interpretation of ‘The Uncanny’ on here.

From researching into the topic I discovered:

The Uncanny, a Freudian concept: – Something that is perceived as familiar and at the same time foreign, resulting a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange.

The most interesting part of my research was looking into the Uncanny is that of the Uncanny Valley, which points to concerns of robotics and the cross over to blend in with humans.

Mori’s hypothesis states that as a robot is made more humanlike in its appearance and motion, the emotional response from a human being to the robot will become increasingly positive and empathetic, until a point is reached beyond which the response quickly becomes that of strong revulsion. However, as the appearance and motion continue to become less distinguishable from a human being, the emotional response becomes positive once more and approaches human-to-human empathy levels.

– Mori, Masahiro (1970)


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