. . .is not John McCain‘s nickname for Cindy‘s hoo-hah, but rather "a hypothesis that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers." That’s what the hive-mind says, anyway.
I bring up the Uncanny Valley for two reasons, the first being this creepy clip from Image Metrics — a 3D facial animation company that will surely make the cut scenes in GTA V that much more disturbing. Have a look at "Emily," and tell me you wouldn’t give your band flyer to her if you saw her sippin’ a mojito at your local hipster bar:
Secondly, there’s this new Metallica song ("The Day That Never Comes" at MySpace). I swear I’m not trying to post about them every day — there’s a tie-in here. An astute commentor at Idolator with the handle Marth had the following to say about the tune:
There’s something really not-quite-right about this song. And I can’t even begin to describe exactly what that might be. It’s like a musical version of the uncanny valley; everything is here and in place to be a pretty good heavy, fast, semi-complex Metallica song, and yet there’s just something disconcerting about it (in the same way that there was something disconcerting about those kids in The Polar Express). It’s as if it wasn’t performed by a band, but created from the half-asleep collective unconscious of a million former Metallica fans.
I listened to the track, and that seems about right to me. Of course, I’d love to have your thoughts on both the video and ‘Tallicker ditty. The floor is yours, people.