Blog Archive

Friday, October 26, 2012

Comfort Level and The Uncanny Valley: Masahiro Mori - 1970 Japanese Roboticist

In 1970, a Japanese Robotocist Masahiro Mori intuitively proposed on a Baseline of simulacra a Comfort Level; shinwakan, and The Uncanny Valley or Bukimino Tani, of reactions to Humanness of robotic and other human like objects.  Above the simulacra line was the Human, Ordinary, Boring, and Uninspiring while below is the Supernatural, Shocking, and Spine Tingling; Eeriness.

Of course, healthy humans scored highest with the comfort level gradually descending toward Eeriness as non human representations attempted to appear more human.  Zombies and prosthetic hands scored lowest.

Indiana University School of Informatics by Dr. Chin Chang Ho and Karl MacDorman

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We are attracted to narcissistic spectrums of people precisely because they appear successful and stable without the baggage of feelings we must bear. In the end we call them selfish, still, they are no more selfish than ourselves. Remember first we admired that characteristic in them and sought them out.
Weakness becomes a Strength and Strength a Weakness.  We admire the Corporate Power and Money structures we cultivate to get things done only because they are careless collectives and we view ourselves as weak, alone, and a feeling person; ordinary employees of that unfeeling psychopathic thing. We create by designing, building and maintaining great machines and great Systems within which we can design, build, and maintain more and more. These are great because they can do so much more than we alone with our hands and primitive tools.  They have no baggage of feelings and thought but simply do great things again and again. We admire these psychopathic monoliths as extensions of ourselves. And so our enduring weakness is the identification with strength in these forms.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

We have been very patient, waiting all this time for a peaceful solution.  It is getting to be too much now...It is like they keep poking you and poking you and poking you and poking you and poking you, daring us to do something to them...I don't think they'll be any help coming from anywhere.  We are prisoners of our independence, our sovereignty.