One of the headline attractions at Maker Faire UK will be the UK premiere of an android version of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, who died in 1982.
The android portrait of Philip K. Dick is an intelligent, evolving robotic recreation of the sci-fi writer who authored VALIS, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, UBIK, and many other masterworks.
See the PKD Android in action:
Built by Hanson Robotics using the latest artificial intelligence technology, this android is at the cutting-edge of robotic technology. ‘Philip’ as the android is known, exhibits face perception, speech recognition, and conversational intelligence adapting Philip K. Dick’s words and life history to generate new ideas during conversation with humans.
As of 2012, the PKD android serves the Initiative for Awakening Machines (IAM), wherein the Open Cog team under the leadership of Dr. Ben Goertzel works with the Hanson Robotics and RoboKind teams, to make the leap to true artificial general intelligence (AGI). This work is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and a Hong Kong City ITF grant.
Their goal is to push the PKD android until it evolves super-human creativity and wisdom and transcends in a spiral of self-reinventing super-intelligence – what Philip K. Dick precognisciently described as a Vast Active Living Intelligence System, and what Vernor Vinge describes as the Technological Singularity. This is predicted to occur sometime between 15 and 30 years from now.
Watch a full interview with PKD Android: