Why Do We Fear The Headless Dog Robot?

Big_dog_military_robotsWhether it’s the BigDog military quadruped robot or an anthropomorphic robot with the ability to sweat, “All of them are disturbing to watch,” and this article documents what Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori calls “the uncanny valley,” or why near-lifelike creatures can seem real but unhealthy and even genetically unfit.

“The Uncanny Valley effect is most often evoked by the face, which is why it may not be a good idea for sex dolls to look too lifelike, and why people look scary after too much plastic surgery….”

But interestingly enough, the BigDog robot doesn’t have a face! In this case its the legs which are so realistic, they create the impression that the robot is alive. But whether it’s the robot that climbs vertical walls or the locomotion robot shaped like a giant black cockroach, it’s the “Uncanny Valley” which explains why people see a robot and say:

“I swear I’m gonna have nightmares about that thing…”

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  • http://electronicshrug.net/ H.

    This article just made my morning.

    I'm still waiting for something like this: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/070816/

    ONLY THEN will I have nightmares.

  • http://twitter.com/vogelbeere Angharad Wyvern

    Why Do We Fear The Headless Dog Robot?

    Because it has Big Red Eyes.

  • http://www.deusdiabolus.com deusdiabolus

    I think I would find them more appealing if I hadn't played Ouake II.

  • dakota mayberry

    Thats not why it bothers me. Rather, I can imagine a pack of 20 of these silently stalking through the woods coordinating their actions via encrypted short burst RF. They are silent and do not rest. They have night vision and ultra sonic sensors and are directed by satellite. They use some alternative power source and have
    high power conventional automatic weapons or more advanced laser or scalar energy weapons. They are autonomous and hunt in packs and call in coordinated air support from other autonomous drones.

    Then once this is working, the central bankers who print money, constrict the money supply and make normal citizens criminals in their quest to find food and water.

    This is why people are scared of this technology. Mankind has a terrible record on moral development and respect and dignity for others.

    Let the great culling begin.

  • dakota mayberry

    Thats not why it bothers me. Rather, I can imagine a pack of 20 of these silently stalking through the woods coordinating their actions via encrypted short burst RF. They are silent and do not rest. They have night vision and ultra sonic sensors and are directed by satellite. They use some alternative power source and have
    high power conventional automatic weapons or more advanced laser or scalar energy weapons. They are autonomous and hunt in packs and call in coordinated air support from other autonomous drones.

    Then once this is working, the central bankers who print money, constrict the money supply and make normal citizens criminals in their quest to find food and water.

    This is why people are scared of this technology. Mankind has a terrible record on moral development and respect and dignity for others.

    Let the great culling begin.

  • John Sholota

    I know I don’t fear robotics.. I mean, they are machines.. Even if machines could think in the near future they don’t have a reason to harm anyone unless someone acts like a jerk and causes something to happen..

    I think people fear change no matter what, good or bad.

  • John Sholota

    I know I don’t fear robotics.. I mean, they are machines.. Even if machines could think in the near future they don’t have a reason to harm anyone unless someone acts like a jerk and causes something to happen..

    I think people fear change no matter what, good or bad.