The Uncanny Valley Girl

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Artificial intelligence. Replicant. Robot. Humanot.

When artificial intelligents first entered society, their designers strove to overcome the gap between being human and looking human. But people could always spot even the most human appearing AIs as artificial. Uncanny valley was an engineering term to designate this alienation--this gap--that humans experienced when seeing robot imitations that were somehow off. Existing beyond the divide that separated them from humans. Mirages. Imitations. Fakes. Soon they were rudely labeled humanots by those who came to fear and hate them.

Lionel A. Blanchard