Philip K. Dick has gone missing, and now Hollywood finds itself an android short.
An actual android.
This famed science fiction writer, whose work was the source for many a Hollywood blockbuster, from “Blade Runner” to “Minority Report,” has been dead since 1982. Last year an admiring doctoral student and evident computer whiz, David Hanson, built a life-size facsimile of Mr. Dick, using the latest artificial intelligence technology, robotics and a skinlike substance he calls “frubber.”
The android, which looked just like the author and was able to conduct rudimentary conversations about Mr. Dick’s work and ideas, was at the cutting edge of robotic technology, able to make eye contact and believable facial expressions.