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Review of “Philip K. Dick: The Penultimate Truth” (a documentary)

For all of you life-long Dick fans, this documentary (which chronicles Dick’s life and career) may be old news. But I was less familiar with his work before taking this course, and completely ignorant about most of his personal life, … Continue reading

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The empathic response

Philip K. Dick sets up empathy as a primary theme of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?¬†As we learn through Rick Deckard, an automatic empathic response is the stark difference between humans and androids. But, unlike his predilection for exposition, … Continue reading

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What is “human,” really?

In class, we’ve discussed how artificial intelligence is getting increasingly better at solving Turing tests, while human beings, who are supposed to excel at the tests, are actually getting worse at them. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? there … Continue reading

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