Uncanny valley

12.23.10
Cambridge developing 'mind reading' computer interface with the countenance of Charles Babbage (video)
12.23.10

Cambridge developing 'mind reading' computer interface with the countenance of Charles Babbage (video)

For years now, researchers have been exploring ways to create devices that understand the nonverbal...

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11.15.10
President Obama takes a minute to chat with our future robot overlords (video)
11.15.10

President Obama takes a minute to chat with our future robot overlords (video)

President Obama recently took some time out of the APEC Summit in Yokohama to meet with a few of Ja...

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08.16.10
Flobi robot head realistic enough to convey emotions, not realistic enough to give children nightmares (hopefully)
08.16.10

Flobi robot head realistic enough to convey emotions, not realistic enough to give children nightmares (hopefully)

We've seen our fair share of robots meant to convey emotions, and they somehow never fail to creep...

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07.23.09
Video: HRP-4C 'fashion robot' is getting married, won't shut up about it
07.23.09

Video: HRP-4C 'fashion robot' is getting married, won't shut up about it

Ok, ok, "she" isn't really getting married, that would be illegal outside of Massachusetts. Besides...

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09.13.08
Philosony: Who let the - uh - simian out?
09.13.08

Philosony: Who let the - uh - simian out?

Pet simulators have come a long way since our English teachers were giving us detention for trying...

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08.19.08
New modeling technology breathes life into animation
08.19.08

New modeling technology breathes life into animation

Ask any animation modeler about the "uncanny valley," and you're sure to get at least a grimace, if...

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08.02.08
Warning: This dog bites!
08.02.08

Warning: This dog bites!

Kylie Prymus is the first columnist for PS Fanboy. A Ph.D candidate in philosophy, Kylie specialize...

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04.25.08
Video: Japan's oldest robot reanimated -- writes poetry, hits on your girlfriend
04.25.08

Video: Japan's oldest robot reanimated -- writes poetry, hits on your girlfriend

Japan's oldest "modern" robot -- the 10-foot, 6-inch GakuTenSoku -- has been awakened in Japan. Gone...

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06.03.07
CB2 Child Robot is possibly the most disturbing machine ever built
06.03.07

CB2 Child Robot is possibly the most disturbing machine ever built

Imagine if someone, somewhere managed to find the exact formula for producing the most perfectly aw...

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