Will robots replace humans? The valley of terror theory explains the real cause of human fear

With the development of science and technology, people are more and more dependent on science and technology, and have created many humanoid robots that can work instead of human beings. The as like as two peas, the more realistic the human robot is, the more similar the skin, eyeballs and touchable places are to humans. The similarity can not help shaking people. In the future, there may be robots that are similar to humans except for those who can not think independently. Is this good or bad?


Human beings will have positive feelings for robots because robots are similar to human beings in appearance and action. At the beginning of contact with robots, there will not be too much conflict, but as the similarity between robots and humans reaches a certain point, people’s reaction to them will suddenly become extremely negative and disgusting.

Even if there is a little difference between robot and human, it will be particularly harsh. The whole robot is extremely rigid and terrible, just like facing the walking dead. For robots, the emotional polarity reversal, and even began to fear them. That’s why the valley of terror theory came into being.


What is the valley of terror theory?


In 1969, Japanese robot expert Mori Changhong put forward the theory of valley of terror, which is a hypothesis that humans have feelings for robots or non-human objects. In fact, it is a psychological phenomenon. When the shape of a humanoid toy or robot is more similar to that of a human, people will like it more. Once it reaches the critical value, any emotion will fall to the bottom, and love will turn into fear instantly, so it is called the valley of terror.

Why did the valley of terror theory come into being


There are three reasons for the emergence of the valley of terror theory. First, the valley of terror theory is the product of our long-term evolution, which is an emotional response to avoid. After researchers’ research, it is shown that the valley of terror theory is not the unique emotion of human beings, and some animals also have the effect of this theory. Specifically, when we see that the appearance and action of the simulation robot are neither human nor robot, we will instinctively generate all kinds of disgust and fear.


Second, the valley of terror theory comes down to the problem of human cognition. When the robot’s action and expression are inconsistent with what we expected, our cognition can’t immediately solve this contradiction, which leads us to anxiety and fear.

Third, some scientists have studied that when humans are watching robots, simulation robots and human movements, the motion sensing systems in the cerebral cortex are quite different. When watching ordinary robot and human activities, the changes of human cerebral cortex are the same, which is quite different from the changes when watching simulated robot activities.


Controversy on the theory of terror Valley


There are disputes in any scientific theory, and so is the valley of terror theory. Some mechanical scientists once severely denounced that the theory of terror Valley had no scientific basis. They believe that because the current technology can not be highly anthropomorphic robots, people’s fear only comes from the potential danger caused by imperfect technology. However, there is also evidence to prove that the valley of terror theory is correct, and it can even be used to analyze the interaction between people.

In fact, in the final analysis, we can explain the valley of terror theory as that technology is not strong enough. Because technology is not strong enough, it brings a lot of potential crisis and panic to human beings. This kind of panic can only be completely eliminated when technology develops to be strong enough.


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