Thursday, March 22, 2018

Science Fiction, Reality, and Philip K. Dick

Has anyone seen any truly good science fiction movies lately? I’m not talking about the kind with all the special effects and graphics. This is about science fiction that makes you think about things. About the world; about society; about where we are headed.

One author who did this was Philip K. Dick. One of the best science fiction writers that ever wrote. In Valis, he created imaginary friends. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch included space travel, mass hallucination, and global warming. Funny, considering it was written in 1965. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep also departed from the norm and switch between reality and fantasy.

Possibly his best was Man in the High Castle, which posed the idea of what the world would be like if the Axis powers had won World War II. 

Much of his work considered alternate realities. He made you think of what things could be like. He made you imagine alternate realities. Philip K. Dick made you consider the impact of artificial intelligence long before it became something to consider.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Could this become a reality? Think Ex Machina.

Reflection: Cognition, Self-Awareness, Intelligence
The actroid's perspective might challenge old concepts
ePersonal assistant (Kara : a PS3 new technology)