Blader Runner & Artificial Intelligence

By Billy Walsh

Blade Runner is a 1982 Science fiction film staring Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Set in Los Angeles in 2019, Deckard, a retired police officer turned Blade Runner, was in search of replicants to destroy.  Replicants, bio-engineered robots that nearly identical to humans, arrived on Earth and were a threat to the human species.  Blade Runners were out in search of the Replicants who invaded the planet after being previously banned.

Rated by Rotten Tomatoes as 91% certified fresh, the movie as receive much critical acclaim.  Considered “A motion picture masterpiece” by critic Rob Vaux of mania.com, Blade Runner captured the attention of all viewers.

Blade Runner tried to predict the future 37 years early, and although they may have overshot the technology quite a bit, the concept of the replicants is relevant today.  With the modern developments to create machines featuring artificial intelligence, the replicants may be viewed as a goal in the fight to make advancements in the Computer and Bio-engineeing fields.  The replicants are an advanced form of technology that have the capability to think and preform as humans.  This is seen as a threat to many humans.  Stephen Hawking, a world renown  professor at the University of Cambridge said, “(A.I.) would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”  The possibility of being over taken as the most dominant species on the planet frightens many people.  James Barrat, author of “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.,” brought forward the point, “Can a submarine swim? Yes, but it doesn’t swim like a fish… Does an airplane fly? Yes, but not like a bird. Artificial intelligence won’t be like us, but it will be the ultimate intellectual version of us.” The fear of the unknown compels hesitation in the quest for artificial intelligence.  Once artificial intelligence is attained, the robots could do self repair and create on their own, humans may be pushed to the side.

Blade Runner’s examples of the possibilities of artificial intelligence may become an instrument the success or decline on the quest to attain artificial intelligence.

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