All Too Human: A Robot that Would Make Freud Uncomfortable
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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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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