On 12/31/2011 8:12 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Dec 31, 2:43 am, meekerdb<meeke...@verizon.net>  wrote:
On 12/30/2011 4:23 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:

The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D
computer animation which holds that when human replicas look and act
almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a
response of revulsion among human observers. The valley in question
is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a
function of a robot s human likeness.
Shouldn't our computation be pleased with the idea of being exported
out of it's slow and error prone flesh?
The valley occurs because something that looks and acts almost, but not exactly 
like a
normal human being is also something that acts like a sick or psychotic or 
strange human being.  Like a human being pretending to be a different human 
being - which
is a danger sign.  It's just generalized xenophobia.
But what is the computational justification for xenophobia? Why does
novel or unconventional computation = 'strange' rather than 'wonderful

It's not a computational justification, it's an evolutionary one. People just like you are ones you can mate with and propagate genes which you likely share. Strange people are less likely to share your genes, but being people they will likely compete for the same resources.


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