According to Wikipedia:
The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” in question is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot’s human likeness.
The term was coined by the robotics professor Masahiro Mori as Bukimi no Tani Gensh? (???????) in 1970. The hypothesis has been linked to Ernst Jentsch‘s concept of “the uncanny” identified in a 1906 essay, “On the Psychology of the Uncanny.” Jentsch’s conception was elaborated by Sigmund Freud in a 1919 essay entitled “The Uncanny” (“Das Unheimliche“).
It is my hypothesis that the emotional-relationship difficulties experienced by someone suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome (or by someone having to interact with such individual), may be very well explained by the Uncanny Valley hypothesis.
Dare to comment?
I hate to give in on the Xmas-Santa-Market craze. That’s why I have waited until after the 25th to offer you these hints:
We all know them, c’mon, add to the list. Here are some examples to get you going:
- Number of tabs opened in browser
- Number of virtualized OSs in a single box
- Number of unread emails per hour
- Number of unread RSSs (or number of feeds)
- Number of saved sites on Delicious, Pulse, whatever
- Number of post drafts
- Number of beta-invites to be accepted
To go to my office in Times Square by subway is an adventure in itself, not due to the intense exercise of avoiding waves of pedestrians, but from the very fascinating tunnels (there is a world down there of abandoned stations, marginal dwellers, and those things nobody talks about)
to what one can find in the stations themselves: music (from the saw lady, to YouBredRaptors), promotions (from an armored vehicle at the Army recruiting station at 42nd, to the Sesame Street characters wishing you happy holidays)…anything.
But these days belong to those few in which the work rythm slows down and one can take time to do other things, such as geting the NY Public Library card (Schwarzman building, Bryant Park -with their never-ending lines to enter the ice-skating ring- is my new paradise), looking for a gym with swimmingpool (as usual, many options -Equinox, Reebok Club, 24hr fitness, etc-, but a good one, good location, and where you do not have to fork-over the month’s salary… is tougher to find), or a Jazz concert near home (Aaron Goldberg at the Jazz Standard, 3 streets away… all the other good clubs are at the Village)… there is so much to do and discover in this city!
Although, I have had to get into a new habit: looking up the weather prediction by the hour, since there is a big difference between sun shining dry and no wind (even if it is cold) and rainy windy day, and you can get all that in a day in NY… and the real cold has not even arrived yet!
Tonight we went to the Mayson Gallery inaugural inauguration “Launch” featuring works by Doug Henders, Scott Hewett, Michael Oatman, Jeff Quinn, Bastienne Schmidt, and Rodger Stevens. It was way too crowded to see the works, but it was fun. Particularly because we enjoyed dinner at almost next door Jin Japanese restaurant.
But we wish we were at another art inauguration: IVAM’s Claudio Zirotti.
My dear friend and mentor presents “Without Time” (PDF), an excellent exhibit of his wonderful art at Valencia’s IVAM Modern Art Institute, until February 19th 2012. Those of you in Valencia, go and enjoy it!