VNV Nation and the Artificial Life

Quite recently a friend of mine introduced me to VNV Nation, an electronic band from Britain and Ireland. I was quite taken by their songs “Farthest Star”, “Carry You”, and especially “Illusion”, which was accompanied on Youtube by this delightful and melancholy animation. It is very poignant, and telling, how human we want to make our machines, and yet how mechanical we make our human beings in our daily lives.

The surprise, though, is that the video was not made for the song.

For More Information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vnv_nation

And for another example of what humans expect from machines: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail??blogid=95&entry_id=55095

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley