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.


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?