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Blade Runner: More Human than Human

Where cyberpunk fiction and popular film converged most impressively was in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film noir classic, Blade Runner (Deeley et al., 1982). The film features a sparse plot set in Los Angeles of the near-future, a site where “replicants” have escaped an “off-world colony” to seek their maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell. Although his corporation’s […]

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2001: A Space Odyssey—Confronting Technology

Since its release in 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has confounded its viewers. As some critics have noted, 2001 is a Rorschach film blot; when you stare at it closely, you end up studying your own assumptions about the world. The film illustrates the role of computer technology in the transformation (or potential […]

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