According to Wikipedia:

The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” in question is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot’s human likeness.

The term was coined by the robotics professor Masahiro Mori as _Bukimi no Tani Gensh?_ (???????) in 1970. The hypothesis has been linked to Ernst Jentsch‘s concept of “the uncanny” identified in a 1906 essay, “On the Psychology of the Uncanny.” Jentsch’s conception was elaborated by Sigmund Freud in a 1919 essay entitled “The Uncanny” (“Das Unheimliche“).

It is my hypothesis that the emotional-relationship difficulties experienced by someone suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome (or by someone having to interact with such individual), may be very well explained by the Uncanny Valley hypothesis.

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