When Blade Runner first opened in cinemas in 1982 it dazzled audiences everywhere with a bold and unique dystopian vision. More than 35 years later, it continues to impress – not only for its cinematic brilliance – but for the way it has managed to predict the future in such an eerily prescient way. Dystopian films often serve as a painful reminder of what the future has in store for us – autocracy, wilful AI and collapsing economies abound – and Blade Runner is no different. Although the film’s many notions of artificial intelligence may be some years off yet, there are certain ideas it managed to successfully predict. Replicants in Blade Runner’s vision of the future hold many functions, including their ability to carry out manual labour. Fast forward to today’s modern society and this is already becoming a reality as companies choose complex AI to carry out skilled jobs as varied as bartending, farming and even replacing film projectionists. With flying cars, off-world colonies and fully lifelike AI all part of Blade Runner’s dystopian landscape, only time will tell what else this masterpiece has managed to predict. Speaking of sci-fi masterpieces, Stanley Kubrick’s seminal cinematic foray into the future 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) managed to predict numerous technological breakthroughs. Read more here…

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