Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Praise for Philip K. Dick “The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world.”—John Brunner “A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”—The New York Times “[Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling—and ...

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345508553

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back—with lethal force. Praise for Philip K. Dick “The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world.”—John Brunner “A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”—The New York Times “[Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling—and terrifying—possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from.”—Rolling Stone
Categories: Fiction

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Philip K. Dick's classic SF novel, which was adapted as the film BLADE RUNNER.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Orion Books

ISBN: 0575094184

Category: Androids

Page: 193

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World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal -- the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit -- and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted . . .
Categories: Androids

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump

Appreciating Scott's nod to the Nazi inspiration for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”29 Dick approved of Hauer's sculpted Nordic ... Promoting Blade Runner 2049 before its theatrical release, Denis Villeneuve assured DeepMind ...

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781683931683

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump focuses on utopias and dystopias that either prefigure or suggest alternatives to the rise of individuals such as Donald J. Trump and the changing conditions of America we now see around us. These topical studies provide compelling reading for both the general reader and the specialist.
Categories: Social Science

Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security

Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security

Dick PK, Zelazny R. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The Inspiration for the Films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. Del Rey; 1996. 240 p. 31. Almécija S, Smaers JB, Jungers WL. The evolution of human and ape hand proportions.

Author: Roman V. Yampolskiy

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351251372

Category: Computers

Page: 444

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The history of robotics and artificial intelligence in many ways is also the history of humanity’s attempts to control such technologies. From the Golem of Prague to the military robots of modernity, the debate continues as to what degree of independence such entities should have and how to make sure that they do not turn on us, its inventors. Numerous recent advancements in all aspects of research, development and deployment of intelligent systems are well publicized but safety and security issues related to AI are rarely addressed. This book is proposed to mitigate this fundamental problem. It is comprised of chapters from leading AI Safety researchers addressing different aspects of the AI control problem as it relates to the development of safe and secure artificial intelligence. The book is the first edited volume dedicated to addressing challenges of constructing safe and secure advanced machine intelligence. The chapters vary in length and technical content from broad interest opinion essays to highly formalized algorithmic approaches to specific problems. All chapters are self-contained and could be read in any order or skipped without a loss of comprehension.
Categories: Computers

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

First, consider the role of animals in the Blade Runner universe. Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set in San Francisco in 1992. Following an unexplained worldwide calamity, “World War Terminus” (probably a ...

Author: Timothy Shanahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429862496

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

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Widely acclaimed upon its release as a future classic, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is visually stunning, philosophically profound, and a provocative extension of the story in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Containing specially commissioned chapters by a roster of international contributors, this fascinating collection explores philosophical questions that abound in Blade Runner 2049, including: What distinguishes the authentically "human" person? How might natality condition one’s experience of being-in-the-world? How might shared memories feature in the constitution of personal identities? What happens when created beings transcend the limits intended in their design? What (if anything) is it like to be a hologram? Can artificial beings participate in genuinely romantic relationships? How might developing artificial economics impact our behaviour as prosumers? What are the implications of techno-human enhancement in an era of surveillance capitalism? Including a foreword by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, film studies, philosophy of mind, psychology, gender studies, and conceptual issues in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.
Categories: Philosophy