Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Plaintiff reincarnated Dick as a robot

As I know from a previous version of myself, the law (and judges) can sometimes be hilarious. From a recent summary judgment in the case of the missing robot head comes this wonderful example:

"Plaintiff David Hanson has lost his head. More specifically, Plaintiff has lost an artistically and scientifically valuable robotic head modeled after famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. Dick’s well-known body of work has resulted in movies such as Total Recall, Blade Runner, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly, and a large group of admirers has grown following his death in Orange County, California, in 1982. His stories have questioned whether robots can be human (see, e.g., Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)), so it seems appropriate that Plaintiff reincarnated Dick as a robot which included the Head, valued at around $750,000."

Sadly, Plaintiff lost his case against the airline that misplaced the Head.

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