automation
Business Process Automation

Uncanny Valley: 'Emotion' in robots

Stephanie Lay is a researcher with the Open University who began her study into the uncanny valley – “the sense of eeriness and unease that accompanies the sight of something that is almost but not quite human” – in 2006.  As the use of robots becomes increasingly mainstream her work is becoming more and more relevant in our daily lives.  We catch up with her to learn more.

When do you think robots will be able to realistically convey emotion so they cease to be creepy?

I think we’re getting quite close to this now. If you compare the androids that had just been created back when I was starting my research into the uncanny valley [in 2006] with the ones that are available now, the differences in the complexity of emotions they can convey are quite striking. 

For a good example, consider Repliee-Q1 from 2005:

To continue reading...


PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« The wooden microchips and screens of the future

NEXT ARTICLE

CMO Files: Rich Wilson, CMO, Relative Insight »

Recommended for You

International Women's Day: We've come a long way, but there's still an awfully long way to go

Charlotte Trueman takes a diverse look at today’s tech landscape.

Trump's trade war and the FANG bubble: Good news for Latin America?

Lewis Page gets down to business across global tech

20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO companies to watch in 2019 B2B tech - Part 1

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?