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Why Cgi Humans Are Creepy, and What Scientists Are Doing About It

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Mars Needs Moms

Characters in "Mars Needs Moms."

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A century ago, psychologists identified "the uncanny" as an experience that seems familiar yet foreign at the same time, causing some sort of brain confusion and, ultimately, a feeling of fear or repulsion. Originally no more than a scientific curiosity, this psychological effect has gradually emerged as a profound problem in the fields of robotics and computer animation.

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