How to Build an Android : The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection
In this remarkable behind-the-scenes narrative, David F. Dufty follows a group of scientists on their mission to create "Phil," a life-size android of famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. We witness the obstacles the scientists encounter and the innovative solutions they apply to overcome them. The fact that the subject Phil was built to mimic was a man notoriously paranoid and fascinated by artificial intelligence colors the story all the way to its unforgettable end, when the robot's head goes missing, never to be seen again. A riveting story that will capture science enthusiasts and general readers alike, "How to Build An Android "traces the line where artificial intelligence and humans collide.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 150 x 200 x 19mm | 236g
- 04 Jun 2013
- Picador USA
- Illustrations, black and white
"You've got to love a book that includes physics-lecturing fish, android Einsteins, and researchers intent on building robot replicas of their wives and girlfriends. Not to mention Philip K. Dick himself. This is an instant classic of weird science."--Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep"This story is touching, absorbing and, ultimately, an exploration of what it means to be human."--The Spectator"The best kind of popular science... Leaves you hungry to know more, and wondering at the possibilities that may lie ahead." --Australian Bookseller & Publisher"Literally incredible."--The Age "[Dufty] ably describes the fertile, feverish atmosphere of intellectual endeavor, the kind of place where a crazy idea--like building a Philip K. Dick android--could take hold."--LA Times"[Dufty's] reconstruction through interviews with the participants is an appealing depiction of brilliant minds dreaming big on shoestring budgets."--The New York Times Book Review"A highly technical story that Dufty manages to make intriguing and accessible to less tech-savvy readers...A fascinating story."--Kirkus"Dufty engagingly chronicles the efforts of a team of roboticists to build an android modeled on science fiction writer Philip K. Dick...A fun read."--Publishers Weekly"A fascinating and mind-bending book, written for the general reader, although experts in the field of robotics will find it particularly stimulating, and fans of Dick's oeuvre will be captivated by the whole idea of turning the legendary storyteller into a mechanical man."--Booklist
About David F Dufty
David F. Dufty is a senior research officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Memphis at the time the android was being developed and worked closely with the team of scientists who created it. He completed a psychology degree with honors at the University of Newcastle and has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University.