November 2019: Happy Blade Runner Month!

Did you know that Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk classic Blade Runner was set in November 2019 in the movie? This means that this month is the official Blade Runner month! Time to bring out my old Nexus 6 out of the cupboard! For those who don’t know, Nexus 6 is not only the name of a model of replicant in Bladerunner; it is also an old phone co-developed by Google and Motorola.

A replicant is a fictional bioengineered being in the 1982 film Blade Runner, and in its 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049. The Nexus-series of replicants are virtually identical to adult humans but have superior strength, speed, agility, resilience, and intelligence, to varying degrees depending on the model. A replicant can only be detected by means of the fictional Voight-Kampff test, in which emotional responses are provoked and a replicant’s nonverbal responses differ from those of a human. A version of the test, referred to as a Baseline, is taken by K in Blade Runner 2049 to detect any mental or empathic damage, for which failure means retirement. Throughout the franchise the euphemism “retire” is used when referring to killing Replicants [Source: Wikipedia].

Happy Blade Runner month!

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