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If I dream of electric sheep, does that make me an android?

Dr Rob Gleasure is a contributor on the IMI MSc in digital business

24th April, 2016
Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the film inspired by science fiction writer Philip K Dick

The title of Philip K Dick’s 1968 science fiction novel asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This novel, later adapted into movie form as Blade Runner, queried whether the increasing sophistication of machines may (eventually) afford them a level of consciousness comparable to our own. However, what Philip K Dick’s vision failed to foresee was the evolution of machines would not take place around humans; it would take place within and between them....

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