Little Dog Robot's Uncanny Walk

Take a look at the walking style of the Little Dog robot in the following video, and tell me that robotic gaits haven't crossed the line into the uncanny valley.


(Little Dog robot video)

Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori remarked in 1970 that, as robots resemble human beings more closely, they will be seen in a positive light. However, at a certain point of similarity, people become repulsed rather than attracted. This uncanny valley seems to be true for animal gaits as well.

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