Do you think mannequins are weird? Well, you are not alone.
In aesthetics the uncanny valley is the phenomenon that human replicas (robots, 3D animations, mannequins, dolls, etc) that appear almost but not exactly like real human beings elicits feelings of eeriness and revulsion among some observers. Valley denotes a dip in the human observer’s affinity for the replica, a relation that otherwise increases with the replica’s human likeness. Hypothesis states that as the appearance of a robot is made more human, some observers' emotional response to the robot become increasingly positive and empathetic, until it reaches a point beyond which the response quickly becomes strong revulsion. However, as the robot's appearance continues to become less distinguishable from a human being, the emotional response becomes positive once again and approaches human-to-human empathy levels. .
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