When a robot can love - Blade Runner as a cautionary tale on law and technology

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This paper examines Ridley Scot’s 1982 film Blade Runner as a cautionary tale relating to the role of law in a technology augmented environment. Blade Runner presents a regime that uses law first in order to create beings with superior abilities and pre-determined longevity, and then to define them as non-human or non-beings, devoid of legal personhood, and thus exploitable. Blade Runner, alongside other cultural representations created within the science fiction genre, serves as illustration of a society that brings together technology and law, in order to maintain unaccountable and arbitrary employment of authorized power. It provides a warning against uninhibited use of technology in order to crate genetic inferiority, and calls for careful scrutiny of the overt and covert functions of law, as new technologies gradually become available.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Law and Computer Law
Subtitle of host publicationComparative Perspectives
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789400763142
ISBN (Print)9789400763135
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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© 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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