UncannyDVD - 2015
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David: He told me he would, quote, "Fund my journey through the uncanny valley." End Quote.
Joy: Masahiro Mori.
David: The man himself. Well, that was Castle's goal. And once I heard that, I was as good as his. Most mech techs end up building things that are for commercial or industrial purposes, which is really a shame. Robotics is about artistry. I aspire to be more like Vincent Van Gogh than Henry Ford. AI computers have always been made to compete with humans, be it chess, ping pong, calculations, etcetera. I want to make a machine that lives independently alongside humans without feeling the need to compete. ... Robotics of the Van Gogh level isn't about hyper function. So much as the accurate imitation of normal function. A perfect AI should be completely indistinguishable from a human. So it needs to be able to at least mimic certain things that would be vital to human behavior.
David: The work done here has progressed with very little input from outside academia.
The world of academic science can be a little stagnant. Ideas tend to be reactive. Back and forth and you get these little ego-driven Eddy currents that slow overall advancement. People focus on minutia just to get a paper published, with very little desire to be the first to the next big thing.
- Look, I know it's tough. It's been you and me for so long, but you were not made
to be locked up forever. It's time to share you with the world.
- I'm not sure this is a good idea.
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The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of aesthetics which holds that when features look and move almost, but not exactly, like natural beings, it causes a response of revulsion among some observers. The "valley" refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of beings as subjects move toward a healthy, natural likeness described in a function of a subject's aesthetic acceptability. Examples can be found in the fields of robotics and 3D computer animation, among others.
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