As the sophistication of robotics and CGI continue to leap forward, we enter a stage scientists call the “Uncanny Valley”, where things look close to being 100% real, but not quite. The resulting effect is a mix of astonishment and an unshakeable eeriness in the pit of the stomach.
For a perfect example of the “Uncanny Valley”, look no further than the robots at the new Avatar ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. While the ride doesn’t open until May 27th, Disney gave a sneak preview to select guests, one of whom took the following video of the journey into Pandora. The Navi shaman chick singing and dancing is truly on another level of robotics. But it still kinda creeps me out.