Perfect Strangers

 by Greg Laden in Seed

"In the movie “Face/Off” when John Travolta and Nicolas Cage stared at each other following face-switching surgery, we were meant to understand that both men had a very uncanny feeling. Seeing a copy of oneself that isn’t quite oneself elicits an emotional response robotics experts call the “uncanny valley,” a phenomenon psychologists have been trying to explain in human terms for decades, beginning with Freud himself. Seed’s Joe Kloc explores the history and science of this strange phenomenon in “Into the Uncanny Valley...”

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