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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-17-28

Published in Journal of Innovative Technology and Education, 2017, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 65-70.


In the past, every progress of movie animation towards realism was viewed positively. However, recently, as computer animation is becoming more and more realistic, some people perceive the resulting realism negatively, as creepy. Similarly, everyone used to welcome robots that looked and behaved somewhat like humans; however, lately, too-human-like robots have started causing a similar negative feeling of creepiness. There exist complex psychology-based explanations for this phenomenon. In this paper, we show that this empirical phenomenon can be naturally explained simply by physical induction -- the main way we cognize the world.