The Uncanny Valley – A play by Prof. Francesca Talenti at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE DRAMATIC ARTS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL.
The Uncanny Valley explores the ethical implications of convergence—the melding of the human mind and artificial intelligence. Plagued by a digital doppelganger, Edwin agrees to participate in a study run by Professor Southcott. The contract Edwin signs promises him wealth and a clean slate in exchange for the uploading of his mind into Dummy, a robot capable of mirroring Edwin’s being. The Uncanny Valley centers on the interactions between Edwin, Dummy, and a mysterious old woman in order to explore some of the most pressing ethical dilemmas of the digital age: What do we gain in our quest for immortality? What might we lose? Is technological progress the product of free will or a Faustian bargain? Filmmaker Francesca Talenti’s new play is a horrifying yet humorous exploration of the fragility of the human soul.