Why human-like robots make us feel uncomfortable

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  • Artificial intelligence — the idea of a robot developing self-consciousness — is something that all three of these men feel are a serious threat to the existence of humanity.
  • Last December, renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking told the BBC, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
  • In particular, they fear something referred to as the “singularity”: the moment when artificial intelligence is capable of redesigning itself, improving itself to the point of an intelligence that far exceeds that of humans.
  • Now, human-like also includes movement, such as seen here: – – Boston Dynamics also has a way of making you feel a bit uncomfortable, but not with human-like robots.
  • Now, if you’re worried about the robot apocalypse, just think: Google already has more than 20 driver-less cars on the road, bought Boston Dynamics — a company that specializes in advanced robots — in 2013, and is actively pursuing artificial intelligence research.

Self-driving cars? Cool. Robots that look like people? Not so much. Why do these robots make us feel more than a little uncomfortable?

TORONTO – It scares Elon Musk. And Bill Gates. And Stephen Hawking.

Artificial intelligence — the idea of a robot developing self-consciousness — is something that all three of these men feel are a serious threat to the existence of humanity.

READ MORE: Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could mean human extinction

Last December, renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking told the BBC, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

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In particular, they fear something referred to as the “singularity”: the moment when artificial intelligence is capable of redesigning itself, improving itself to the point of an intelligence that far exceeds that of humans. Humans would lose control, and could face extinction.

But aside from worldwide domination, there is something else about robots and A.I. that us more common folk fear: the creepy-looking robots themselves.

That’s due to something referred to as the “uncanny valley.”

This concept was put forth by a professor of engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Masahiro Mori, in 1970. It’s the idea that as robots become more human-like, we go from admiration to revulsion.

Just think: if you see a mechanical robot, built with plastic parts, you might think it’s cute. But when you see one that appears more human, it likely makes you feel uncomfortable. Like Jules, over here.

WATCH: Meet Jules

Why human-like robots make us feel uncomfortable