If you are unfamiliar with what the uncanny valley is, it's the idea of something being so close to human, but not quite human, that it makes the individual feel really uneasy and like something is wrong. I'm curious to see what people think of this, and how they respond to it.
The reason I ask, is this evening I was chatting with a friend, and he pointed out to me that one of the music videos I showed him made him uneasy. I laughed because he was not the first to respond to this band like this. I have heard several others say "it's creepy". I respond completely confused unable to see how they think it's creepy. I can sort of see it in a round about sense, it's a bit odd and abstract, but that's actually what I like about it. He then went to say that it was essentially the uncanny valley. I disagreed at first, but I eventually agreed that yes, that is present at some level (though I don't "see" it, I can see how others could).
This lead to the idea of the effect the uncanny valley on people. I actually like creepy things. It's sort of my favorite kind of thing really. Things that foster this sense of uneasiness from how bizarre it is, the creepy factor, etc. I think is so cool, funny, enthralling, and fascinating. I am really drawn to that sort of stuff. He then started sharing examples of things that really have an uncanny valley effect, and I respond as "I see it, it does make me a bit uneasy in a way, but I like that. This is really neat! I am fascinated by this". Essentially, I respond to the uncanny valley, or things similar to it with a level of excitement. I want to understand it more and observe it. I just like it in a way. We both agreed that I am in the minority with this.
So, I want to know. How do you respond to the uncanny valley? Or things like it? Why do you think you respond the way you do? Discuss.