DailyDirt: Fake People

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The uncanny valley refers to the creepy-looking appearance that many computer-generated people have when their virtual features don't quite seem as natural as the real thing. But as technology improves, virtual people are starting to look more natural and less like zombies. Here are just a few examples of some artificial humans that are bound to become more widespread and acceptable. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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Filed Under: automated agents, avatars, cgi, creepy, csr, tupac shakur, uncanny valley
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    Anonymous Coward, 29 May 2012 @ 5:27pm

    6 month trial of NYC avatars..

    Those avatars probably won't get renewed if they work like I think they're going to..... which is badly.

    I can just imagine trying to ask a question like "Where is the nearest bathroom?" And getting some nonsensical response from the avatar...... or a snide Siri-like non-answer when she doesn't actually know how to answer.

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    Jake, 29 May 2012 @ 7:16pm

    Am I the only person here who feels this whole hologram tour thing is extremely disrespectful to the deceased?

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      Michael Ho (profile), 29 May 2012 @ 9:26pm

      Re:

      This hologram technology certainly has the potential to be disrespectful, but then so does any kind of video, or audio, or even written media. It's not the technology itself, but how people use it.

      Unless you meant that Tupac specifically was being disrespected in this particular holographic tour -- but I haven't seen enough of it to tell how good/bad this latest revival of Tupac is.

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