By Brian Franceschelli and Lauren Fabiszak
“Blade Runner” discusses the psychological question of what really makes people human. The movie poses this question by enforcing how humans are more than just skin and bones; they are complex creates that can’t be recreated by science. This question still exists today, as humans try to stretch their imaginations on what the next big step for science is.
The movie made human copies by implanting memories in them, so they could create emotions in an advanced state instead of from the “blank slate” of birth. However, this takes away the free will that humans have to make their own decisions and mistakes instead of having a person tell them what to do.
The goal of the replicants was to be practically the same as humans in the way that they interact with the world, but it proved to not be possible. The replicants didn’t develop as strong of an emotional attachment as regular humans, which allowed them to think strictly logically instead of morally. Human beings also communicate through body language and subtile hints when they are trying to hide emotions, which is something that can’t be taught to a machine. Also, a major role of what makes society so unique is every person’s different reactions and emotions, so having no differences in mankind would depreciate the value of humans.
As technology advances at such a rapid rate, science may believe it can change the past and alter the human race. If replicants were to exist, they could be rid of diseases and use their superior intelligence to help the world. However, a “perfect race” can not exist and humans are meant to be flawed. These robots wouldn’t even really be living, since they have a programmed life expectancy and only perform the actions that they were programmed to do. While all the gadgets and modern conveniences are slowly taking over our lives, it’s important to remember that humans still have limitations.