Lost in Transit: The Strange Story of the Philip K Dick Android
In 2004, a group of men built the Philip K Dick Android. Then, en route to a presentation at Google, the android head was left on a plane. It has never been found. Meet the Philip K Dick Android. It wears the famous science-fiction author's clothes, thinks his thoughts and speaks his mind. All the while sitting in a simulacrum of the author's living room. In Lost in Transit, David F Dufty takes us into the world of artificial intelligence, robots, sci-fi addicts and kill switches to show us how the android was made, and how the cult writer became, for a while, the cult-writer android. With great enthusiasm and affection for his subject, Dufty tells the human story of how a bright idea was brought to life, on the proverbial smell of an oily rag. It is an unforgettable story of fierce obsession, strong intelligence, art and science, spiked with humour and wit.
David F Dufty was born in Sydney in 1968 and grew up in the outback before his family settled near Newcastle in New South Wales when he was fourteen. David completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle and earned a PhD also in psychology at the University of Sydney in 2002. He moved to the United States in 2003 where he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee. He now lives with his wife and son in Canberra, where he works for the Australian government.