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  • n. A range of appearances, mannerisms, and/or behaviors subtly different from humanoid in an otherwise humanoid figure that may cause negative reactions, such as fear, discomfort, or revulsion.


From uncanny + valley, translating Japanese 不気味 (ぶきみ の たに, bukimi no tani), uncanny valley, first used in 1970 by roboticist Masahiro Mori (Wiktionary)


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  • For years, animators have struggled with a problem dubbed the uncanny valley, in which a computer-generated face looks almost, but not quite, lifelike, triggering a sense of revulsion among human observers.

    New Scientist, 5 June 2010, page 29.

    June 11, 2010