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After confronting one uncanny valley, another awaits

The ‘uncanny valley’ has guided robot engineers on the limits of human likeness, yielding design principles to mitigate the risk of creepy robots. Yet unease with advancements in AI has exposed a new ‘uncanny valley of mind’, with researchers now exploring acceptable boundaries on simulating human intelligence, emotion, empathy and creativity.

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Stein, JP., MacDorman, K.F. After confronting one uncanny valley, another awaits. Nat Rev Electr Eng 1, 276–277 (2024).

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