Will Humans Love Robots More When They're Flawed? Absolutely Not.

A team of British researchers have a salacious hypothesis: People like robots more when they exhibit the same sorts of flaws that characterize humans. This makes some sense—after all, the notion of a perfect, all-knowing robot is the stuff of dystopian science fiction. But do you know what’s worse than a perfect,… »10/14/15 1:00pm10/14/15 1:00pm

Crazy Realistic Geminoid Robot Now Comes in Cool College Professor Variety

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro was responsible for the first Geminoids—super realistic androids capable of reproducing facial tics and other subtle mannerisms—but a team of researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark has fired back with their own fair-skinned take on the creepily realistic robot: the Geminoid… »3/07/11 9:40am3/07/11 9:40am

Freakishly Real Jules Robot Now Makes Faces Right Back At You

Click to view »10/31/08 10:00am10/31/08 10:00amWe've shown you the robotic head before, but now a team of scientists have added real-time human expression mimicking—and taken him marching right across uncanny valley. A team at the University of Bristol, UK, have combined Jules with some analytical software that looks at a person's face and tweaks…

PS3 Game Developer Claims to have Crossed Uncanny Valley

We're fascinated with the battle against uncanny valley—that point in graphics or robotics where the human likeness isn't quite reached, which in turn repulses the viewer. And while we've seen graphics card makers and robot designers tackling the problem before, for the first time a video game developer claims to have… »12/18/07 9:57am12/18/07 9:57am

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra: Kicking Uncanny Valley Butt

We just told you about the $830 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra last week, otherwise known as the "world's fastest graphics card". But just how much power can $830 buy today?

Check out this technical demo by NVIDIA. The real time rendering is of actor Doug Jones, who you probably won't recognize as Pan from Pan's Labyrinth »5/06/07 1:10pm5/06/07 1:10pm