The uncanny valley effect

My lovely friend Stephanie Lay is doing her PHD research into the uncanny valley effect on the human psyche.

Wiki article here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley

The uncanny valley effect is how humanoid robots affect us as pyschologically. She was recently asked about her research in The Escapist magazine, the article is here.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_215/6394-Attack-of-the-Uncanny-Valley

Her blog is here

http://uncanny-valley.livejournal.com/

And please be kind and participate in her research here.

http://uncanny-valley.livejournal.com/64980.html

Stephanie's research links beautifully into A.I. Neural Networks, Robotics and Computer Science so please read the blog, it's awesome stuff :D
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Students in 'Weird Science' Halloween party arrested under anti-terror laws

A group of students had their 'Mad Scientist' party brought to an abrupt end when police mistook them for terrorists.

The private party, held in Hackney, north London, was organised by a group of friends dressed in white laboratory coats and wigs, who put on a display of theatrical 'experiments' to entertain guests.

But when police entered the building for a routine check in the early hours of Sunday morning, they discovered scientific debris and plastic skeletons and mistook it for terrorist paraphernalia or drug-making equipment.
[Source: Daily Mail (full article) ]