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Jerry Goldsmith - The Johnny Cab (From "Total Recall" OST)

Jerry Goldsmith - The Johnny Cab (From "Total Recall" OST)

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Johhny Cab, A self-driving car! With a snappy personality! Johnny’s got a lot of potential, but ultimately falls short of greatness; he’s installed in a pretty weak car, he’s not much of a getaway driver, and leaving without paying means — he’ll explode.[2]
Robert Picardo played the voice and his face was used as the model for Johnny Cab.[1]
Johnny Cab is an automated taxi service, consisting of small self-driving vehicles piloted by an integrated conversational android that acts on passenger voice commands. Much like a human taxi driver, “Johnny” will whistle tunes and engage in small talk during the ride, and is even capable of expressing emotional states.[3] The concept of Johnny Cab was inspired from the taxi “robot driver of the cab” in Philip K. Dick’s short story (1966), We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.

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The robot driver of the cab (a Johnny Cab) as depicted in Philip K. Dick’s short story (1966), "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", (Page 8). Note: Quail is the original last name of Douglas Quaid.

Excerpt from page 8

"Recall," he said aloud.

"Recall what, sir or madam?" the robot driver of the cab inquired respectfully.

"Do you have a phone book?" Quail demanded.

"Certainly, sir or madam." A slot opened; from it slid a microtape phone book for Cook County.

"It's spelled oddly," Quail said as he leafed through the pages of the yellow section. He felt fear, then; abiding fear. "Here it is," he said. "Take me there, to Rekal, Incorporated. I've changed my mind; I don't want to go home."

"Yes, sir or madam, as the case may be," the driver said. A moment later the cab was zipping back in the opposite direction.

"May I make use of your phone?" he asked.

"Be my guest," the robot driver said. And presented a shiny new emperor 3-D color phone to him. He dialed his own conapt. And after a pause found himself confronted by a miniature but chillingly realistic image of Kirsten on the small screen. "I've been to Mars," he said to her.

"You're drunk." Her lips writhed scornfully. "Or worse."


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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Geek Twins, 10 AMAZING THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT TOTAL RECALL, by Nigel G. Mitchell, 11/29/2013
  2. Rotten Tomatoes, https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/Total-Recall-Best-Movie-Robots/
  3. SPECULATIVE IDENTITIES RESEARCH, JOHNNYCAB