Friday, April 16, 2010

Ode To The Uncanny Valley


I'm fascinated by humanoid robots and the way they make me feel - a deep, cringing, uncomfortable instant reaction. I got really fixated on this idea to do an almost loving Ode to the Uncanny Valley. I wanted the music to be a jaunty, happy tune. It makes seeing the string of creepy images even more fun and somehow, even more unsettling.
-Randi Silberman Klett

Ok...the end of Robot Week. It wasn't really a full week of robots...we got sidetracked trying to entertain folks with our massive spam launch...but we will end strong. Above is Einstein, a robot created by David Hanson, now residing at UC San Diego Machine Perception Lab, shot for a story in Smithsonian. It makes a cameo in Randi Silberman Klett's production " Ode To The Uncanny Valley".

Silberman, photo editor at Spectrum Magazine, launched this curious chunk of entertainment and education a few weeks back on the Spectrum website. What could she have been thinking? Her answer leads off this post. Take a look at the video and see what you think....

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