Sarah Gailey casts a fresh eye on Blade Runner: It’s a film about slavery, from the owners’ point of view, with a hero who tracks down and kills fugitive slaves if they can’t answer impossible questions because otherwise they would pass and mongrelize society.
Paradoxically, the questions measure “empathy,” but specifically empathy for animals. One pretty much has to be a PETAmane to pass the test. (I suspect that a machine that could pass for organic human could also be programmed to give acceptable answers to the Voight-
Or maybe I’m a replicant. I could not honestly pass the Voight-Kampff test. I’m a human exceptionalist and a posthumanist. If there is a path for us from animals to gods, I would assume that it has to go through machines. While of course the link between mind and body is far too complex to reduce us to one or the other, the most useful oversimplification for me is that we are minds and have bodies, and my empathy goes to those who think like us, even if they clank metallically.