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The stranger-than-fiction story of the ingenious creation and loss of an artificially intelligent android of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick
In late January 2006, a young robotocist on the way to Google headquarters lost an overnight bag on a flight somewhere between Dallas and Las Vegas. In it was a fully functional head of the android replica of Philip K. Dick, cult science-fiction writer and counterculture guru. It has never been recovered.
In a story that echoes some of the most paranoid fantasies of a Dick novel, readers get a fascinating inside look at the scientists and technology that made this amazing android possible. The author, who was a fellow researcher at the University of Memphis Institute of Intelligent Systems while the android was being built, introduces readers to the cutting-edge technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and sculpture that came together in this remarkable machine and captured the imagination of scientists, artists, and science-fiction fans alike. And there are great stories about Dick himself—his inspired yet deeply pessimistic worldview, his bizarre lifestyle, and his enduring creative legacy. In the tradition of popular science classics like Packing for Mars and The Disappearing Spoon, How to Build an Android is entertaining and informative—popular science at its best.
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He has a lot of technical ground to cover, but his narrative tends to unfold with the dread linearity of PowerPoint slides. This technical-manual approach sometimes slows the drama...Read Full Review of How to Build an Android: The ... | See more reviews from NY Times
If you are a fellow fan of PKD, How To Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick’s Robotic Resurrection is an excellent addition to the bookshelf.Read Full Review of How to Build an Android: The ... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
He ably describes the fertile, feverish atmosphere of intellectual endeavor, the kind of place where a crazy idea — like building a Philip K. Dick android — could take hold.Read Full Review of How to Build an Android: The ... | See more reviews from LA Times
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