Uncanny Valley
  • Author : Lawrence Weschler
  • Release Date : 01 October 2011
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 13 : 9781582438412

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Book Description: Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler's articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Uncanny Valley continues the page–turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer's block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures. With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the "world is strange, beautiful, and connected" (The Globe and Mail). Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

Author : Lawrence Weschler
Publisher : Catapult
Genre : Social Science
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Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler's articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Uncanny Valley continues the page–turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past ...

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

Author : Angela Tinwell
Publisher : CRC Press
Genre : Computers
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Advances in technology have enabled animators and video game designers to design increasingly realistic, human-like characters in animation and games. Although it was intended that this increased realism would allow viewers to appreciate the emotional state of characters, research has shown that audiences often have a negative reaction as the ...

The Uncanny Valley

The Uncanny Valley

Author : Gregory Miller,John Randall York
Publisher : CreateSpace
Genre : Fiction
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The Uncanny Valley…“…is a macabre serenade to a small town that may or may not exist, peopled with alive and dead denizens who wander about the hills and houses with creepy fluidity. Told by individual inhabitants, the stories recount tales of disappearing dead deer, enchanted gardens, invisible killer dogs, ...

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

Author : Greg Egan
Publisher : Tor Books
Genre : Fiction
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Immortality, but at what price, in what form, and how could you be you? In the near future it’s possible to build a new you, a better you, one that could carry on forever. But if you could carry on, if you could make choices about who you would ...

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

Author : Thomas Gibbons
Publisher : Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, UNCANNY VALLEY charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human ...

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

Author : Angela Tinwell
Publisher : CRC Press
Genre : Computers
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Advances in technology have enabled animators and video game designers to design increasingly realistic, human-like characters in animation and games. Although it was intended that this increased realism would allow viewers to appreciate the emotional state of characters, research has shown that audiences often have a negative reaction as the ...

The Uncanny Valley Hypothesis and beyond

The Uncanny Valley Hypothesis and beyond

Author : Marcus Cheetham
Publisher : Frontiers Media SA
Genre : Uncategorized
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A field of theory and research is evolving around the question highlighted in the Uncanny Valley Hypothesis: How does high realism in anthropomorphic design influence human experience and behaviour? The Uncanny Valley Hypothesis posits that a very humanlike character or object (e.g., robot, prosthetic limb, doll) can evoke a ...

Beyond the Uncanny Valley

Beyond the Uncanny Valley

Author : Claudia Schmuckli,Janna Keegan,Yuk Hui
Publisher : Unknown
Genre : Art
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An investigation of the cultural and academic discourse around new technology through a lens of artistic practice In 1970 Japanese engineer Masahiro Mori introduced the concept of the "uncanny valley" as a terrain of existential uncertainty that humans experience when confronted with autonomous machines that mimic their physical and mental properties. ...

An exploration of the Uncanny Valley and its consequences

An exploration of the Uncanny Valley and its consequences

Author : Andrea Attwenger
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Genre : Computers
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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Computer Science - Internet, New Technologies, grade: 1.0, LMU Munich (Institut für Informatik), course: Hauptseminar Medieninformatik, language: English, abstract: Humans usually favor the company of beings similar to them and it is therefore natural to assume that with increasing human likeness, robots ...

Personal Days

Personal Days

Author : Ed Park
Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Genre : Fiction
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In an unnamed New York-based company, the employees are getting restless as everything around them unravels. There’s Pru, the former grad student turned spreadsheet drone; Laars, the hysteric whose work anxiety stalks him in his tooth-grinding dreams; and Jack II, who distributes unwanted backrubs–aka “jackrubs”–to his co-workers. ...

User Centric Media

User Centric Media

Author : Petros Daras,Oscar Mayora
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Genre : Computers
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This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference proceedings of the First International Conference, UCMedia 2009, which was held on 9-11 December 2009 at Hotel Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana in Venice, Italy. The conference`s focus was on forms and production, delivery, access, discovery and consumption of user centric media. After a thorough ...

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

Author : Jon Woodward
Publisher : Cleveland State Univ Poetry Center
Genre : Poetry
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"Winner of the 2011 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition."...

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

Author : Jasia Reichardt
Publisher : Cornerhouse Distribution Clients
Genre : Sculpture, British
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Published to accompany an exhibition of the artist's work at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool, May 27th - August 22nd, 2004, this volume showcases the idiosyncratic mechanical sculpture of Tim Lewis....

Modes of Spectating

Modes of Spectating

Author : Alison Oddey,Christine A. White
Publisher : Intellect Books
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The notion of spectatorship has become of increasing interest as artists develop experimental works and manufacturers seek to produce the means for viewing such works. Modes of Spectating explores the visual landscapes which spectators encounter, and how they perceive what they view. The volume questions the effect of different mediums ...