Inquiétante étrangeté

Talking about first encounterings with prototypes of the Sony dog robot Aibo « l’inquiétante étrangeté (unheimlich-the scary strangeness), according to Freud, we were feeling that impression that one thing that we were believing was unanimated was suddenly animating itself. By its movements, its attitudes, the robot seemed to belong to a new category that was not its (original) ». (Kaplan, F. (2005) « Les machines apprivoisées : comprendre les robots de loisir », p6, Vuibert, Paris)

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