Visual Trends in AI Art

Hyperreal

The uncanny valley is one of the most famous ideas from the field of digital aesthetics. First identified by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori (and coined in English by Mori’s translator Jessica Reichardt), the concept describes the tendency for people to experience an unease, bordering on revulsion, when confronting something that very closely resembles a human form. This effect is non-linear, in other words, it only kicks in after an object crosses a certain threshold of verisimilitude. Marge Simpson, for example, does not trigger an uncanny valley response for most…

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