The uncanny valley

by DRM

I have looked in a mirror and wondered who that is. I’ve caught a glimpse of a mannequin as I’ve turned a corner on a dark, wet night and felt uneasy.

This is the valley effect. The object looks too real but is too flawed. It is encroaching on the space of humanness.

The discomfort is not simply a human attribute. Apes experience it too.

But when we look at apes, and apes look at us, there is an easy familiarity. We catalog the similarities from the shared knowledge that our bloodlines split millions of years before, and that in that split, what it meant to be human, and what it meant to be an ape, both honorable and sustainable states, became different in the fundament.