Totally interesting article talking about a Japanese researcher's work with how humans can be more comfortable with androids, and what that means for furry. I'm psyched!
I think Dave submitted this article to Fuzzy Logic, once upon a time. It's s shame I never printed it. I didn't realize he had it on the web himself...thanks for linking to it, Mel!
What an excellent article. I'm gonna suggest it to Karl for possible inclusion in the FC2003 Program Book. Congrats on a nice piece Dave.
An absolutely fascinating article. Thanks for that MelSkunk! Everyone should read this ;-)
An interesting example of an "uncanny valley" product:
I know that the first time I saw one move, I was creeped out, despite being the one who *bought* the darned thing.
The effect only lasted a day or two, though, after which the Furby was just another device. Still kind of neat.
There's a wonderful short story by Fredric Brown called "Puppet Show" that explores some of these themes very well. Google couldn't come up with a link to the actual contents, but it has been collected in quite a few anthologies. Highly recommended!
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