Philip k Dick Android

Philip k Dick Android /

Activated in 2005, Hanson Robotics debuted Philip K. Dick (aka Philip K. Dick Android) at Wired Nextfest. Designed by David Hanson as a robotic paean to the sci-fi writer of the same name, it was initially created using thousands of pages of the author’s journals, letters, and published writings.
The android earned the Hanson Robotics team a coveted AAAI award in 2005.
The original Philip K. Dick android was lost on a flight from Dallas to San Francisco in late 2005. However, in 2011 Hanson Robotics, together with Dutch broadcasting firm VPRO, developed a new version. It includes state of the art computer vision technology and employs 36 servomotors to power a complex and wide range of facial expressions. These days, PKD serves researchers at the Apollo Mind Initiative.
Seminal sci-fi author Philip Kindred Dick (PKD) explored wide philosophical, scientific and social ideas via surreal situations that confronted human vs. android identity, shifting natures of reality and alternate realities, alien vs. human consciousness, and authoritarian corporations or governments versus the spirit of compassion and creativity. His stories often pivoted on precipitous shifts of perspective in the story’s universe, thereby unveiling hidden simulacra, authoritarian corporations and governments. The characters often stumbled into these twists by mechanisms of altered states of consciousness, mental illness, and religion. His works frequently examined the nature of diety, alien and machine super-intelligence, and transcendental experiences [Wikipedia].
In his novels, We Can Build You and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), PKD explored the idea that robots might have more compassion than humans, ideas articulated further in his lecture The Android and the Human. Following a series of religious experiences in 1974, wherein he felt he personally received transmissions from an alien superintelligence he called the AI God, PKD engaged more explicitly with theology, good vs. evil, human purpose, and the ultimate nature of reality. He fictionalized his experiences on these matters in the novels VALIS (1981) and The Divine Invasion (1982), and his nonfiction journals on these experiences were edited and released posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). PKD died in 1982 at the age of 53 from a stroke.
The ideas of Philip K Dick profoundly influenced popular culture over the last 40 years, as exemplified by movies including Blade Runner, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau. Philip K Dick is often cited as one of the most important authors of the 20th century, an influence driven as much by the philosophies of PKD as by the power of his stories, such that the characters and stories serve merely as engaging vehicles for delivering disorienting and startling insights into enigmas of human existence.