Robotics whizzes are creating a robot that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The author is famous for his work such as “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, the basis for the iconic Blade Runner Film.
The makers of Android Phillip uploaded the works of the author into the androids software along with interviews, speeches and details about the authors life. A mathematical technique, latent semantic analysis, makes it possible for Philip to index, retrieve, and extract meaning from speech. Most of the software used to create Philips “brain” is open source. The brain software lives inside a laptop which is connected to the Robot.
Android Phillip was put to the test with a series of questions by a PBS NOVA reporter. While in conversation, Phillip tracks and analyzes the reporters facial expressions. Speech recognition software transcribes the reporters questions into words and sends them to a database for analysis, then sending a reply.
When asked if Philip could think, the android answered,
“The best way I can respond to that is to say that everything, humans, animals and robots,do, is programmed to a degree.”
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