Blade stim­uli


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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.

Re­pro­duc­tive Repli­cants

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.

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