Turkey has Proved that Robots don’t Need to Look Like Humans

The Uncanny Valley posits that robots get exponentially creepier the closer they look to humans take Nadine the social robot, RealDoll and the Geminoids (please). However, a company called Akin Robotics in Turkey has proved that robots don’t need to look like humans at all to evoke the “ugh” factor. It recently unveiled a new factory that will produce an Eyes Without a Face-like model that will surprise, delight and terrify visitors at airports and elsewhere.

A video below features one of Akin’s robots distributing brochures (reluctantly) to amused passersby, while another shows a robotic server distributing drinks to very patient restaurant patrons.