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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David F. Dufty Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627115
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The stranger-than-fiction story of the ingenious creation and loss of an artificially intelligent android of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick

In December 2005, a young robotocist on his way to Google headquarters lost an overnight bag on a flight somewhere between Dallas and Las Vegas. In it was the fully functional head of an android replica of Philip K. Dick, cult science fiction writer and counterculture guru. It has never been recovered.

In a story that echoes some of the most paranoid fantasies of a Dick novel, listeners will get a fascinating inside look at the scientists and technology that made this amazing android possible. The author, who was a fellow researcher at the University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems while the android was being built, introduces listeners to the cutting-edge technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and sculpture that came together in this remarkable machine and captured the imagination of scientists, artists, and science fiction fans alike. There are also great stories about Dick himself—his inspired yet deeply pessimistic worldview, his bizarre lifestyle, and his enduring creative legacy. In the tradition of popular science classics such as Packing for Mars and The Disappearing Spoon, How to Build an Android is entertaining and informative—popular science at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

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

    Spectator

  • “Dufty engagingly chronicles the efforts of a team of University of Memphis roboticists to build an android modeled on science fiction writer Philip K. Dick…A fun read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s good that true story appears in this book’s subtitle because it could easily pass, with very minor tweaks, for something produced by the prodigious imagination of late sf writer Philip K. Dick…A fascinating and mind-bending book, written for the general reader, although experts in the field of robotics will find it particularly stimulating, and fans of Dick’s oeuvre will be captivated by the whole idea of turning the legendary storyteller into a mechanical man.” 

    Booklist

  • “An enjoyable book that reads more like a memoir than a history; highly recommended to anyone with an interest in robotics or modern technology.”

    Library Journal

  • “Literally incredible.”

    Age

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Benedict | 12/30/2013

    " See my review on LibraryThing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/5/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. Even though another PDK android head was built, I can't help feeling that the loss of the bread equates to a death. It also makes me feel a bit sad that the android was "retired" way too soon after its incept date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bro_Pair أعرف | 11/16/2013

    " Fun little book about some researchers in Memphis who made a Philip K. Dick android. An interesting piece of popular science about a field that will only grow in importance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 11/3/2013

    " what is intelligent vs human, a sort of summary of experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/21/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this. I'd not heard of the PKD Android project before. This book has fired my interest in thinking machines again, as well as the works of Phillip K. Dick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Kottke | 3/18/2013

    " A book-length treatment of a topic that might have been better served as a feature article for WIRED, this is nevertheless an accessible and entertaining account of the state of robotics and AI research conundra in the past decade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/27/2013

    " Probably my last book of 2012. Fas.ci.na.ting!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabine | 1/4/2013

    " As much as I would have liked to say that I really enjoyed this book, it fell short for me. Too much about the history, technology, and programming involved in building an Android, not enough about the mystery of the missing head. I'm a geek, but apparently not enough of a geek.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 11/8/2012

    " This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 9/3/2012

    " Bring me the robotic head of Philip Dick! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 7/17/2012

    " enjoyable and fast read. fascinating and ultimately, disappointing ending. "

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About the Author

David F. Dufty is a senior research officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Memphis at the time the android was being developed and worked closely with the team of scientists who created it. He completed a psychology degree with honors at the University of Newcastle and has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.