How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection by David F. Dufty [FIRST EDITION]
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection by David F. Dufty
FIRST EDITION • FIRST PRINTING  HENRY HOLT
Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
Dust jacket has a bit of shelf / rub wear but is overall very good. Book itself is excellent.
In late January 2006, a young robotocist on the way to Google headquarters lost an overnight bag on a flight somewhere between Dallas and Las Vegas. In it was a fully functional head of the 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, readers 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 of Intelligent Systems while the android was being built, introduces readers 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. And there are 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 like "Packing for Mars" and "The Disappearing Spoon," "How to Build an Android" is entertaining and informative popular science at its best."