Friday, January 16, 2009

Hitherto unexplored depths of the uncanny valley

It's not a baby. It's a "Reborn Doll".

Via Auguste at Pandagon, who is a bit more freaked out by this than I am:
Look what you did.

You clicked on the link.

And now you know about ”reborn babies.” And now you’ll have to browse the site, marveling at how these things first prove the uncanny valley, then flood, scar, shatter the uncanny valley with a series of unnatural disasters.
But that’s not even the bad part of all this. No, the bad part is Rush Limbaugh, as it forever will be:
Would it be—would it be over the top, ladies and gentlemen, to suggest maybe a charitable donation of a bunch of these dolls to the Planned Parenthood? As gifts to their customers and clients...Yeah, so you go into Planned Parenthood as a customer, you walk out after the deed is done; they give you one of these Reborns.
Leave it to Rush to actually up the baby-fetishism factor on this whole thing.
My definition of the uncanny valley.

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