Human Embodiment of Technology and “The Uncanny Valley Effect” on Humanoids: A Reading of Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 (78413)

Session Information: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Session Chair: Rebecca Lind

Sunday, 26 May 2024 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Movies often serve as powerful mediums to portray plausible implementations of theories in hyperlocal contexts, effectively bridging the gap between academic knowledge and real-life situations. The 2019 Malayalam science fiction film Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, offers such a plausible illustration of Masahiro Mori’s theory of the Uncanny Valley placing the advanced humanoid robotic technology in a hyperlocal context. Even though a profound preoccupation and fascination prevail with the development of humanoids, Mori postulates that as robots approach a high degree of human likeness, human beings develop a kind of eerie feeling instead of the expected affinity or familiarity. This paper analyses the qualitative discourses in the movie Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 to explore the relevance of the human embodiment of the technology as well as how the uncanny valley performs in a social context.

Shemin Kanniyan, Farook College, India
Ameer Salman O M, Farook College, India

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Shemin K is a University Doctoral Student at Farook College (Autonomous), Calicut in India

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