Blade Runner

Blade Runner

February 15, 2022
Los Angeles, 2019. Replicant cyborgs hide amongst us. Blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate four replicants seeking their creator.

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Science on Screen®: 2022

What's so special about us? Comparing human intelligence to animal, artificial, and alien intelligences with Dr. Karthik Panchanathan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri.

A recurring theme in fiction is the idea of an artificially created intelligence that matches or even surpasses human intelligence. Dr. Panchanathan explores some of the science behind other kinds of intelligence, including animal, artificial, and alien, as well as some of the philosophy of why these ideas bother us so much.

What do we mean by intelligence, where do we think it comes from, and should there be a sharp line between what we might consider "real" intelligence and everything else?

Presented By

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Director(s): Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Year Released: 1982
Runtime: 117 minutes
Country: USA
Language(s): English
Accessibility Options: