PKD Android at Comic Con

November 28, 2008

The Android appeared at 2005 ComicCon in San Diego. Here is a photo of the robot sitting at the panel desk, fielding questions from the public.
(Courtesy of Mirka23 at flickr).


Roborama on Hanson Robotics

December 22, 2007

here’s some excellent footage of Hanson Robotics robots, including Pirate Robot and Phil (the Philip K Dick robot) at NextFest).


Robots and copyright

September 17, 2006

The guardian has published an article on the Philip K Dick android titled “Do Robots Dream of Copyright?” The article quotes Olney, who designed the AI for Phil, as noting that the project wanted the “goodwill” of the estate. However the situation is slightly different to the impression given by the Guardian article.
The estate was approached prior to commencement, and their approval was sought – and given – for the project.
As can be seen from the official Philip K Dick site, the android is mentioned and endorsed.
Certainly there are IP issues with a complex project such as this. The robot has the Dick’s likeness and speaks using a database that has processed his words. This is why it was important to get the approval and endorsement of all interested parties before proceeding.