Sydney Morning Herald | Robot goes missingThat pretty much makes him indistinguishable from every author I've ever met.
Philip K Dick is missing.
Not the American science fiction writer whose novels spawned hit films such as Blade Runner and Total Recall -- he died more than 20 years ago -- but a state-of-the-art robot named after the author.
The quirky android, was lost in early January  while en route to California by commercial airliner.
...The irony of the situation -- a missing replica of the very author who championed "replicant" freedom -- is not lost on Phil's creators.
...Along with an eerie likeness to the author, the robot features award-winning artificial intelligence that mimics the writer's mannerisms and lifelike skin material to affect realistic expressions.
Top-of-the-line voice software loaded with data from Dick's vast body of writing allows the robot to carry on natural-sounding conversations, although it does come off as a bit doddering at times.
Biometric-identification software and advanced machine vision allows the robot to recognise people -- even in a crowd -- read their expressions and body language and talk to them sounding a lot like a normal, albeit slightly senile, author who likes to quote his own books when he gets confused.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
It's a shame he won't live.
But then again, who does?
After two years, the Dickbot is still at large...