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Submission + - Why Do We Fear The Headless Dog Robot? (hplusmagazine.com) 1

destinyland writes: Whether it's the BigDog military quadruped robot or an anthropomorphic walking robot that sweats, they provoke a common human-robot revulsion. Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori describes it as "the Uncanny Valley," arguing near-lifelike creatures can seem real but unhealthy and even "genetically unfit". "The Uncanny Valley effect is most often evoked by the face," but interestingly enough, the BigDog robot doesn't have a face. In this case its the legs which are so realistic, they create the impression that the robot is alive but still headless and unhealthy.
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Submission + - Satellite images show Myanmar abuses (msn.com) 1

Lucas123 writes: "Satellite images that resulted from a year-long study just released by The American Association for the Advancement of Science, human rights campaigners and commercial satellite providers show evidence from above that Burma's military-led government has engaged in a long campaign of destroying villages and relocating villagers. "Human-rights groups say that more than 3,000 villages have been destroyed in an effort to crush opposition to the junta. Civil unrest in Myanmar has created 1.5 million refugees and 500,000 internally displaced people, and 1,300 political prisoners are in jail, according to human-rights reports.""

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