Upending the Uncanny Valley

Reading Upending the Uncanny Valley made me think of the growth and progression of human consciousness throughout its years. There have been physiological and cultural reasons (among numerous other reasons)  for the formation, development and progression of the human consciousness. in the beginning some thousands years ago, it was limited. As humans did not have the technological tools of language not to mention written text. The formation of these tools along the years, along with other progressions in human history made our minds broaden and we are now able to grasp wide array of ideas, metaphors and other concepts that humans thousands years ago just couldn’t.

When the art of cinema was in its early days, people actually believed that what they see on screen on the screen actually exists. On Jan. 25, 1896, the Lumière brothers screened their short film “L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat” (“Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station”) at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris. There were only a handful of people in the world who had seen a movie at this point, and it was probably the first time for everyone in this particular audience. And, so the story goes, they did not take it sitting down. On the contrary, they broke into a panic, screaming and running for their lives as the locomotive on the screen seemingly headed straight toward them. 

~100 years later and we can mock these people in the movie theatre, for it is rare that we mistake visual effect in the cinema for reality. Technology has introduced us to new forms of knowing what is real and what is not.

I believe that the uncanny valley is an ongoing continuum that keeps appearing as a side effect of what we know vs. what we expect. In my opinion, As our ways of knowing progress and broaden, upending it through hyper resemblance is bound to fail.

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