Realistic robots are profitable

  • On the extreme, a Swedish manufacturer produced robot clones of a loved one who has died. The robots can control speech, has the capacity for facial recognition and other artificial intelligence capabilities.
  • During the pandemic lockdown, the supplier Silicone Lovers experienced an increase in demand for these dolls.

The dolls cost $5,000 to $10,000 plus an added charge of $3,000 to $5,000 for the printing cost, but most people won't buy one because of the unease it creates.

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People feel threatened by human-like computers

In the age of artificial intelligence, there is a growing number of devices that communicate with us. We give them names like "Siri" and "Alexa" and don't find them threatening - until they are given a face.

Evolving technology can create robots that look like people, but it is also at this point where people start to object. Once you can make eye contact with a machine, it starts to look like a horror movie.

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Research explored some of the reasons people view robots that are too realistic as creepy.

  • Human replicas cause creepy perceptions, known as the "uncanny valley." They found that exposure over time decreases the perception of uncanniness.
  • While robots can have some human features, there can be too much of a good thing. That can produce feelings of unease, eeriness, and revulsion.

Perhaps that is why animated dolls are more associated with characters in nightmares, regardless of usefulness.

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A preference for circles

Over the years, research has shown that individuals tend not only to prefer contoured lines over straight ones but also to associate more joyful feelings with the first ones.

Furthermore, a recent study has proven that people's preference for curved real objects has not changed a bit. We tend, it seems, to identify angular shapes with fear, aversion, and dislike, while circles bring to our mind feels like safety and peacefulness.

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How clowns are perceived

When some people think of clowns, they picture brightly coloured hair, big smiles, and lots of laughs.

Others find clowns creepy with evil intentions hiding behind a cheerful, gruesome mask. The intense fear of clowns is called coulrophobia.

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Dinosaurs by different names

People have always known about dinosaurs but called them by different names.

  • Old legends that put Western dragons in caves or underground may have originated with fossils.
  • The plumed serpent is described in mythologies of Mexico and Latin America.
  • The Rainbox Serpent of Aboriginal tales was since the beginning of time.
  • The Asian dragon combines features of many animals.

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