Episode 13 – The Uncanny Valley

This week’s episode is about the heebie-jeebies! More specifically, the creeps you get when an animation or robot isn’t QUITE pulling off its attempt to pass for human. That’s right, we’re tackling the phenomenon known as The Uncanny Valley, which isn’t a physical place, but a location on a graph that measures creepiness against success of said attempts.

On the way we’ll; get to the bottom of why we get creeped out, go into detail of the forty year-old Japanese origins of the phenomenon, obviously explore sex robots, poo-poo some detractors and Tim both; gets into a rage over false paradoxes (Epimenides or die, baby!) and ruins The Lion King. Oh and Bonnie has got SEVERE beef with a Keanu Reeves..

Some Links:
The terrifying Phillip K. Dick android: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ930zzYxl8
NYT article on elder-care robots: https://nyti.ms/2zpOnec?smid=nytcore-ios-share
“My Sex Robot”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRoUkXsJDbA
“Guys and dolls” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxCkULUnVH0&has_verified=1

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