Uncanny Valley Short Blurs Line Between Reality and Virtual Reality

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A Vimeo Staff Pick, Uncanny Valley, is a short film written and directed by Federico Heller, which explores the blurred lines between reality and virtual reality in (presumably) the not too distant future. Given that we’re on the verge of virtual reality devices becoming mainstream, with products such as Occulus Rift and HTC Vibe coming soon, the theme of this video is a bit unsettling.

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution. Stay connected, but not too much 😉

The film’s title is no doubt taken from the “uncanny valley” phrase which is defined as being:

used in reference to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it. For example, “anyone attempting to build a believable human facsimile also has to beware of the uncanny valley.”

Check out the short film below.

Hopefully at this point, you’ve watched the film. If not, there will be a few spoilers past this point; you’ve been warned.

In my opinion, Heller did a fantastic job with the writing and direction on this short film, and it’s not a stretch given human nature to see individuals become addicted to virtual reality in the near future. The twist where the main character discovers that he’s actually controlling a killer robot who is killing humans was well done, and the final scene with an identical robot entering the building where this gamer lives was a fantastic finish, albeit a cliffhanger.

I’d love to see this short film developed as a feature length movie, it’d definitely be on my must see list.

What did you think of Uncanny Valley? Far fetched or plausible at some point in the future? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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