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February 24, 2006

"Replicant" Android of Philp K. ("Blade Runner") Dick Escapes

Publicity stunt or just geekish irony? You be the judge:

Philip K Dick is missing.

Not the American science fiction writer whose novels spawned hit films such as Blade Runner and Total Recall -- he died more than 20 years ago -- but a state-of-the-art robot named after the author.

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Top-of-the-line voice software loaded with data from Dick's vast body of writing allows the robot to carry on natural-sounding conversations, although it does come off as a bit doddering at times.

Biometric-identification software and advanced machine vision allows the robot to recognise people -- even in a crowd -- read their expressions and body language and talk to them sounding a lot like a normal, albeit slightly senile, author who likes to quote his own books when he gets confused.

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The quirky android, was lost in early January while en route to California by commercial airliner.

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"We're very worried because it's been a few weeks now," said Prilliman. "We're pressing hard to find Phil."

I'd check Rutger Hauer's pad first. Probably hangin' out there, talkin' about the old days, attack ships burning off the arm of Orion, c-beams glittering by the Tannenbaum Gate, that kind of thing. Good times, good times.

Thanks to George, who's done a man's job.


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