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Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick: A Bizarre But True Tale of Androids, Kill Switches, and Left Luggage
 
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Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick: A Bizarre But True Tale of Androids, Kill Switches, and Left Luggage [Kindle Edition]

David Dufty
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“The best kind of popular science… Leaves you hungry to know more, and wondering at the possibilities that may lie ahead.” (Australian Bookseller & Publisher)

“A fascinating read.” (The Specusphere)

“Literally incredible.” (The Age)

"A fascinating dive into the world of robotics, and worthy of Dick himself, wherever he may be." (The Bookseller)

"This story is touching, absorbing and, ultimately, an exploration of what it means to be human. … Highly engaging." (The Spectator)

"This compelling tale of androids, paranoid authors, and research into AI has a suitably strange twist at the end… an ending that could have been written by Dick himself." (The Guardian)

"The story of the head of Philip K. Dick couldn’t be a more apt metaphor for the state of humanoid robotics." (New Scientist)

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"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)

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Stranger than science fiction

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The incredible story of Philip K. Dick’s robotic resurrection – and the android’s utterly Dickian ‘escape’





“This compelling tale of androids, paranoid authors, and research into AI has… an ending that could have been written by Dick himself.” The Guardian





“This story is touching, absorbing, and, ultimately, an exploration of what it means to be human.” The Spectator





“An instant classic of weird science.” Alex Boese

From the Back Cover

Probably the Strangest Story You Will Read This Year

In 2005 a group of young robot designers and computer scientists dreamed up a fantastic, audacious idea: to build an android modelled on Philip K. Dick, the iconic sci-fi guru.

After countless hours tinkering with fake flesh and animatronic motors and turning the writer’s opus into a computer brain, the android was brought eerily to life. It would ‘watch’ people as they approached, ‘recognize’ their faces, answer their questions in Dick’s own words.

Then, things went horribly wrong. A roboticist on his way to Google HQ for a special presentation left the android’s head on a flight to Las Vegas. The head of Philip K. Dick was lost.

In a story that could have been lifted from one of Philip K. Dick’s celebrated novels, which have been made into such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Adjustment Bureau, Australian writer and psychology PhD David Dufty brings to light the incredible but true events surrounding the android’s creation and disappearance. Along the way, he explores how the science of robotic ‘resurrection’ will soon meet our very real future.

About the Author

David Dufty was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Memphis at the time the Philip K. Dick android was being developed; he was a confidant to the team of scientists and had access to the android itself. He has a PhD in psychology and currently lives in Canberra, Australia. This is his first book.

David Dufty is a Senior Research Officer at the Australian
Bureau of Statistics. He completed a psychology degree
with honours at the University of Newcastle and earned a PhD,
also in psychology, at Macquarie University. He was a postdoctoral
fellow at the University of Memphis, in Tennessee, at
the time the Philip K. Dick android was being developed and
worked closely with the team of scientists who created it.
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