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

David Dufty
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012
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


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689224
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 3 April 2012
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This was a pretty amusing and interesting book. It is written in a lively and engaging style.
There was some fascinating stuff on A.I, robotics and Philip K Dick.

Some of the short transcripts of the Androids `conversations' were laugh out loud funny.
There were plenty of amusing and interesting anecdotes.

Most of the technical stuff was easy to understand. I would probably have preferred it to go into a bit more detail. The book did fizzle out a bit towards the end. I felt that putting the achievement into context might have helped. I did get the impression that it was a bit of a novelty and not all that serious a scientific endeavour. I might well be wrong on that point but the book for me, didn't explore the subject enough.

Overall though I really enjoyed reading this book and felt that I also learned a few things.

Though did I really read the book or have the memories of reading it just been implanted?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for PKD fans 8 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
As a PKD fanatic and a software engineer this book was right up my alley!
The author was on the periphery of the project and is not a computer specialist so don't expect it to get too technical.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 3 April 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
This was a pretty amusing and interesting book. It is written in a lively and engaging style.
There was some fascinating stuff on A.I, robotics and Philip K Dick.

Some of the short transcripts of the Androids `conversations' were laugh out loud funny.
There were plenty of amusing and interesting anecdotes.

Most of the technical stuff was easy to understand. I would probably have preferred it to go into a bit more detail. The book did fizzle out a bit towards the end. I felt that putting the achievement into context might have helped. I did get the impression that it was a bit of a novelty and not all that serious a scientific endeavour. I might well be wrong on that point but the book for me, didn't explore the subject enough.

Overall though I really enjoyed reading this book and felt that I also learned a few things.

Though did I really read the book or have the memories of reading it just been implanted?
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