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December 21, 2009

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Sounds like Emerson doesn't quite grok the meaning of "uncanny valley"--it's meant only to apply to humanoids, not entire panoramas.

WOW!! Thanks for the Avatar trailer. I was wearing my new headphones and got blown away. I may be wrong but it seems that the robots in the Uncanny Valley have poorly done eyes and mouths. My personal Uncanny Valley takes place every morning in front of the mirror.

Sigmund Freud probably helped this "canny" word into description with his article "The Uncanny" ([Das Unheimliche] (1919)) and perhaps part of the "mirror" in the Uncanny Valley. It seems the first film with it in recent times would be "A.I." the unfinished Stanley Kubrick film, completed by Steven Spielberg.

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