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The influential science fiction film Blade Runner, released in 1982, provides a noir dystopian vision of the near future—an environmentally shattered world with multiethnic cities, flying cars, space colonies, and artificial humans (replicants) and animals. The film is set in 2019 but, according to the story of the film, many of the key replicants were created in 2016. The film allows us to raise questions central to both SFIS and Social Technologies: how do we imagine the future? What does it mean to be human? What are our obligations to the things we create? How are technologies involved in social inequality and social change?
Greg Wise, Director of the MA in Social Technologies
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