Freud, the uncanny valley, and death: reflections on a trip to the Robots exhibition

In medieval times human-like figures run by hidden mechanisms were used in churches to make peasant worshippers believe in a higher power. These mechanisms created the illusion of self-motion (moving without assistance) which made people assume that the figures were somehow alive. As humans, we readily perceive emotional states in everything that is vaguely lifelike … Continue reading Freud, the uncanny valley, and death: reflections on a trip to the Robots exhibition