Monday, July 26, 2010

Creepy robots.

IEEE Spectrum put together a cool article called Who's Afraid of The Uncanny Valley, which is all about creepy humanoid robots, including a cool slideshow sowing some examples of particularly disturbing ones.

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro is especially well-known for his creepy humanoids.

The term uncanny valley refers to this infographic, which was first published in 1970 (the colored examples were added by IEEE).  I don't know what it is, but I just love the term 'uncanny valley' and the graph itself.  I feel like I could stare at it for hours.

Here are some decidedly cute robots playing soccer, as part of the RoboCup competition.  I love it when they fall down!  Aww!

More robots playing soccer on YouTube.

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