Visions of the future

With Blade Runner 2 producers offering Harrison Ford a key role and with Ridley Scott involved and with Hampton Fancher involved (writer of the original blade runner!!) and Michael Green involved (screenwriter of the Green Lantern film…wait that isn’t good, is it?…) we’re all very excited. So we’ve decided to look back at the original and it’s visions of the future. 



The spinners were used by the police but through the corruption of the time also by the wealthy. Capable of taking off vertically with the use of its jet propulsion and anti-gravity engines. The technology is based on aerodynes that forces air down to gain thrust. Visual Futurist Syd Mead designed it and one can be seen on display at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. Also, go and have a look at more of Syd Mead’s work, he designed the light cycles for Tron!

Likely five years from now?: Well obviously not. We haven’t reached the anti-gravity stage yet but we do have the Harrier Jump Jet which works in the same way but doesn’t look as cool in the future smog…harrier jump jet

The future is a bit smoggy with no sunlight:

Second bit is a lie and one people continue to get wrong. For most of the film it’s raining and dark. There is one scene where you see the sun and that’s at the top of Eldon Tyrell’s pyramid and in the original uplifting ending which everyone was glad they scrapped so we don’t count it. The film is without doubt one of the most visually stunning films of all time. The atmosphere we see in the film is a pathetic fallacy drawing us more into the dank world inhabited by humans and replicants. As there is no sunlight there is no animal or plant life so they have to be artificially created. eldrons 

Likely five years from now: We’re not far off now. Some places in China have days when young children and old people can’t go outside because of the levels of smog. Reports are starting to say that the smog is affecting plant’s photosynthesis just like you would find in a nuclear winter.

smog in china


Putting the biological vs mechanical argument over Blade Runner’s replicants to one side they still remain artificial humans who were so well designed and constructed that the only way to tell one apart from a human was to test their emotional reactions. They wouldn’t be able to empathise with certain situations, e.g. You’ve got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar. What do you do? Apart from emotional fallibility they were superior to humans in their strength, agility and intelligence (depending on the model).

Likely in five years time? Well we’ve only just made a robot than can run. Meet it here: We could also clone humans but there are laws and stuff…damn bureaucrats…Very recently Stephen Hawking has expressed concern over the future of artificial intelligence. “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history.” Hawking writes. “Unfortunately, it might also be the last.” The worry being that AI could outpace human intelligence so where does that leave us?


Off-world colonies:

The replicant mutiny started on an off-world colony where they are used for the most dangerous and menial work or simply for leisure. The replicants have a built-in 4 year lifespan which stops the replicants gathering more life experience and become more human and emotionally unstable. They get to Earth to try to extend their lives where Deckard gets the job of hunting them down. We know from the final scene that they have attack ships and c-beams (whatever they are) but the film takes place on Earth and most of this stuff just gets a passing reference, mostly in the final speech by Roy Batty.

tears in rain

Likely in five years time: Nope, only just got a lander to Mars. But there is likely to be a manned mission to Mars by 2023…

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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


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