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Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

In 1970, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori published an article titled “Bukimi no Tani Gensh”, commonly translated as “The Uncanny Valley”. His theory asserts that the more humanlike a machine like a robot is presented, the more accepting humans are of it, until the resemblance to human is close, but not perfect. This triggers a sudden and deep sense of revulsion in most people, occurring just before a return to full human acceptance. The deep dip in the otherwise gentle curve of human resemblance, comfort, and recognition is mapped as the Uncanny Valley.

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The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project attempts to reconcile the differences between actual and imagined robotics and how they are represented. It is a project of the Robot Identification Institute, itself a subsidiary of the Uncanny Valley Authority.

The Robot Taxonomy Project debuted at 21 Grand in Oakland California in 2009 with interactive web terminals and chalkboards in the space to encourage additions to the taxonomy, kept as an online database.

The installation featured stylized, detailed CNC carvings of robot types in addition to the chalkboards and terminals.