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The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra
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The Uncanny Valley - BarCamp Canberra

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This was presented at BarCamp Canberra #2 at ANU, on Saturday 28 March 2009.

This was presented at BarCamp Canberra #2 at ANU, on Saturday 28 March 2009.

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  • 1. The Uncanny Valley: “That frakkin’ toaster is freaking me out!” By Ruth Ellison Twitter: @RuthEllison For BarCamp Canberra #2 On 28th March 2009
  • 2. Chocolate appreciator Work at Stamford Interactive Usability person Information architect Loves gadgets User experience person Robot lover I’m Ruth
  • 3. What this presentation is about... Take a very brief look at different types of robots Look at the Uncanny Valley phenomenon
  • 4. Disclaimer I’m not a roboticist But I’m fascinated by human-robot / human-computer interactions
  • 5. What is a robot? “A robot is a virtual or mechanical artificial agent. In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical system which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own.” - Wikipedia
  • 6. This is a robot ABB Assembly Line Robot By avramc from http://www.flickr.com/photos/28695713@N00/445073590/ Available under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
  • 7. This is a robot Source:  http://www.zcars.com.au/images/knight‐rider‐kitt1.jpg
  • 8. These are not robots Robot Attack! By Dan Coulter from http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancoulter/21042744/ Available under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
  • 9. Let’s play a game creepy or not
  • 10. Roomba Linus stalking the Roomba By Eirik Newth from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eiriknewth/282273087/in/set‐72157594351565925/ Available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
  • 11. R2D2 Source: http://www.gadgetshop.com/media/gadgetshop/products/ProductGalleryImage4/306688.jpg
  • 12. ASIMO ASIMO By tanjun from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanjun/82441127/ Available under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share  Copyrighted to Honda, source http://world.honda.com/news/2007/c071211Enabling‐Multiple‐ASIMO‐ Alike 2.0 Generic license to‐Work/photo/pages/01.html
  • 13. Domo Domo from http://people.csail.mit.edu/edsinger/image/domo/press_img/domo_screwdriver_a.jpg
  • 14. Terminator Source: http://www.scificool.com/avatars‐sam‐worthington‐nabs‐terminator‐role/
  • 15. Cylon centurion Source:  http://www.galacticabbs.com/index.php?act=Print&client=print er&f=28&t=1605
  • 16. WALL•E and EVE Source: http://gallery.filmofilia.com/gallery/wall‐e_movie_stills/image/44/
  • 17. Cameron (terminator) Source: http://thegamersutopia.blogspot.com/2008/01/tv‐show‐review‐terminator‐sarah‐ Source: http://www.terminatorsite.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=15&pos=4 conner.html
  • 18. Keepon KeeponBy JanneM from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jannem/214869878/ Available under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
  • 19. Einstein HUBO Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Einstein‐Hubo.jpg Video source: http://www.hansonrobotics.com/
  • 20. Repliee R1 Source: By Hiroshi Ishiguro, from http://www.primidi.com/2006/12/27.html
  • 21. Repliee Q2 Source: http://plcscadasystems.blogspot.com/2009/01/japan‐membuat‐sex‐robots.html
  • 22. So what is this creepiness factor?
  • 23. The Uncanny Valley As robots appear more human like, they appear more familiar. Almost human can seem almost strange and eerie – causes a response of revulsion.
  • 24. Based on  Masahiro Mori and Karl F. MacDorman graph Uncanny Valley graph Healthy human Uncanny valley Cylon  + ‘skin‐jobs’ Humanoid  Repliee Q2 &  robot familiarity similar robots Cylon raider Industrial  Michael Jackson robot Human likeness ‐ Zombie
  • 25. Why does it exist? Quite a few theories Looking at a subset of theories today: Shared circuits for empathy Cognitive dissonance of liminal objects Sources:  1. A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny ‐ http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=853 2. MacDorman, K. F., Green, R. D., Ho, C.‐C., & Koch, C. (in press). Too Real for Comfort? Uncanny responses to computer generated faces. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 26. Shared circuits for empathy Sources:  1. A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny ‐ http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=853 2. MacDorman, K. F., Green, R. D., Ho, C.‐C., & Koch, C. (in press). Too Real for Comfort? Uncanny responses to computer generated faces. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 27. Shared circuits for empathy Sources:  1. A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny ‐ http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=853 2. MacDorman, K. F., Green, R. D., Ho, C.‐C., & Koch, C. (in press). Too Real for Comfort? Uncanny responses to computer generated faces. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 28. Cognitive dissonance of liminal objects Artificial human forms signify a challenge to our uniqueness and identity Sources:  1. A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny ‐ http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=853 2. MacDorman, K. F., Green, R. D., Ho, C.‐C., & Koch, C. (in press). Too Real for Comfort? Uncanny responses to computer generated faces. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 29. Cognitive dissonance of liminal objects Sources:  1. A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny ‐ http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=853 2. MacDorman, K. F., Green, R. D., Ho, C.‐C., & Koch, C. (in press). Too Real for Comfort? Uncanny responses to computer generated faces. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 30. Further examples of the Uncanny Valley Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within The Polar Express Source: http://www.andrewzeller.com/wp‐content/uploads/2008/01/realisticphotos.jpg Source: http://media.jsonline.com/images/28007159_164815__polar2_l.jpg
  • 31. CGI animation 2 approaches addressing the uncanny valley Source: http://www.cartoonary.com/the‐incredibles/images/the‐incredibles‐wallpaper‐ Source: http://foreverloyal.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/gollum.jpg,  photo‐2560x1600.jpg :http://z.about.com/d/toys/1/7/e/6/DavyJones.jpg
  • 32. Crossing the uncanny valley?
  • 33. Meet Emily Image Metrics Tech Demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLiX5d3rC6o&feature=related
  • 34. Keen to learn more? The Uncanny Valley by Masahiro Mori - http://www.androidscience.com/theuncannyvalley/proceedings2005/uncannyvall ey.html The Uncanny Valley by Dave Bryant – http://www.arclight.net/~pdb/nonfiction/uncanny-valley.html Charting the Uncanny Valley by Karl F. MacDorman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geF1XO5IPc8&feature=channel Life and love in the uncanny valley by Jamais Cascio - http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/cascio20061213/ Karl F. MacDorman homepage (lots of interesting HCI & uncanny valley research publications) - http://www.macdorman.com/ The Uncanny Valley of user interface design by Bill Higgins - http://billhiggins.us/weblog/2007/05/17/the-uncanny-valley-of-user-interface- design/ Bot Junkie - http://www.botjunkie.com/
  • 35. Like lolcats? Try lolbots Source: http://lolbots.com/?p=809 Source: http://lolbots.com/?p=778 Source: http://lolbots.com/?p=800
  • 36. Other types of robots you may want to check out Real robots: Film/TV robots: Kismet Cyberman from Doctor Who i-sobot Terminator from Terminator and Sarah Connor Chronicles Hexapodmeisterschaft KITT from Knightrider HRP-4C Bender from Futurama REEB-B Data from Star Trek Tobopo ABB (industrial robot)
  • 37. Thanks! Ruth Ellison Email: me@ruthellison.com Web: www.ruthellison.com @RuthEllison Find this presentation at www.slideshare.net/ruthellison

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