A book about the PKD Robot, Lost In Transit: The Strange Story of the Philip K Dick Android by David F Dufty is now available in Australia and New Zealand. We understand that the book will be available in America early next Year.
Here’s some footage of the New Philip K Dick android.
Please note: unlike the original PKD android, this one isn’t intelligent and can’t hold real-time conversations (or any conversations).
Even so, this demo shows how powerfully lifelike the android is.
The Philip K Dick android has been rebuilt, in a collaborative exercise by David Hanson and Dutch film-maker David Kleijwegt.
The new android, known as “New Phil,” is similar to the previous incarnation of the android, known as “Old Phil.” There are some slight differences, however.
New Phil is better looking and overall a sleeker design than Old Phil. He smiles more. He’s got a more colorful shirt!
However, the AI for New Phil is not currently up and running. That will be a future endeavour by Hanson Robotics and the Apollo Mind Initiative.