REAL FACTS THAT inspired THE MASTERPIECE
The Imitation Game
In the original Blade Runner, replicants are identified when they fail to pass the “Voightkampff test,” or a series of questions designed to allow an interrogator to distinguish between androids and real humans. The Voight-kampff test is actually a fictitious version of a real thing called the Turing Test, developed by Alan Turing, inventor of the computer. The Turing Test is an experiment in which a human must ask a series of questions to both another human and a computer without knowing which is which. If the computer manages to trick the interrogator into thinking that it’s a human more times than not, it is said to have passed the Turing Test.
In the Blade Runner universe, we’ve already invented androids that are almost totally indistinguishable from real humans. And while we aren’t actually there yet, we’ve gotten close because of… well, sex. Earlier this year, Realbotix, a subsidiary of a company that’s been making sex dolls for 20 years, unveiled Harmony AI, an app platform that can be hooked up to a sex robot so it can carry out conversations and even learn your hobbies and interests. So if we ever do arrive at a robot uprising, you can blame horny humans for it.