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...
Sydney Morning Herald | Robot goes missing
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 [2006] 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.
That pretty much makes him indistinguishable from every author I've ever met.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Otto the Automatic Pilot is a prime suspect. :)

billritch said...

I think it was Rosie.

Daniel said...

A love triangle, eh?

That should be easy to confirm. The appropriate adapters probably aren't off-the-shelf components.

Can anyone confirm the whereabouts of the Governor of California in January 2006?