How to build an android : the true story of Philip K. Dick's robotic resurrection
|Format:||Print Book 2012|
|Availability:||Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies|
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.
ContentsA strange machine
A tale of two researchers
A meeting of minds
A visit from Eva
The artist as scientist
How to build a human head
Life inside a laptop
A California bungalow, 1974
An android in Memphis
First, we take Chicago
Talking in Memphis
A carnival of robots
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Dick, Philip K.
Robotics -- Popular works.
Androids -- Popular works.
Artificial intelligence -- Popular works.
|Publisher|| New York :Henry Holt,2012
|Edition||1st U.S. ed.|
|Other Titles|| Lost in transit
Originally published: Lost in transit. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Pub., 2011.
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm