If this video doesn’t creep you out, you might be a replicant.
Researchers at Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International have developed a robot called Geminoid|DK, which not only looks like a human, but can also mimic the facial expressions and head movements of humans.
Geminoid|DK ought to make you fell uncomfortable, if Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley” hypothesis holds true. Mori’s hypothesis states that a negative emotional response linked to revulsion occurs when humans interact with replicas that look almost like humans.
In Freud’s view, the uncanny, or what is uncomfortably familiar, unconsciously reminds us of our repressed impulses. These impulses are threatening to us, and we experience the Oedipal fear of “being robbed of one’s eyes.”
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