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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Interview with the Philip K. Dick Android

An android-portrait of Philip K Dick—In an unparalleled technical collaboration, a team of artists, writers, engineers, literary scholars, and freethinkers are creating a lifelike, android portrait of one of America's well-known science-fiction writers.
Video of Philip K. Dick robot at AAAI-05 conference: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
A Strange Loss of Face—The robot made several public appearances last year, including at the Comic Con in San Diego, where he (it?) was on a panel for the film, "A Scanner Darkly," which is based on a Dick novel.
The android, which looked just like the author and was able to conduct rudimentary conversations about Mr. Dick's work and ideas, was at the cutting edge of robotic technology, able to make eye contact and believable facial expressions...using the latest artificial intelligence...and a skin-like substance called "frubber."

Below videos of interviews conducted with the Philip K. Dick android at the NextFest in Chicago, 2005. The android's head has subsequently gone missing and is believed to have been stolen.

Article on the PKD android's creator:


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