Blade Runner

1982. Directed by Ridley Scott. 117 minutes. Rated R.

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Please note that Lee Spector will speak only at the 7:00 show (SOLD OUT)The 10:15 show will present the film only, with no additional content (TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE).

BLADE RUNNER, based on the novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by science fiction master Philip K. Dick, is a haunting look at reality, memory and mortality set against the dystopian future of Los Angeles, 2019.

Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a former "blade runner," called out of retirement to hunt and kill four "replicants" led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer). These genetically altered humans with superior strength and intellects have returned to earth on a killing spree, determined to meet their maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel). Deckard's investigation leads across the glittering heights and disintegrating depths of Ridley Scott's fantastically imagined metropolis; one filled with pyramids, enormous neon billboards and spinner cars amid unimaginable overcrowding and a constant deluge of acid rain. 

Before his search is over, Deckard will find himself falling in love with Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's beautiful, mysterious assistant. He will also face off against Batty in brutal hand-to-hand combat. But Deckard's most troubling find will be the suspicion that he just might be a replicant himself.

This screening presents Ridley Scott's definitive "Final Cut" version of the film, released in 2007.

"This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

SPEAKER: Lee Spector, Cognitive Science, Hampshire College

TOPIC: The possibility of developing an artificial brain, and what the development of artificial people means both for them and for us.

Scientific advances in several fields are increasing the likelihood that artificial people could one day live among us. These people may be the products of technologies ranging from genetic engineering and synthetic biology to artificial intelligence and computational evolution. What might these artificial people be like? And what might it be like to be one of these artificial people? Professor Spector will describe some of the current developments in artificial intelligence that may lead to the development of artificial people, and he will share some of the ways in which researchers in computer science and also in philosophy have begun to think about these developments and their implications.

MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR LEE SPECTOR: Lee Spector is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the UMass Amherst. He directs the Hampshire College Computational Intelligence Laboratory and supervises the Hampshire College Cluster Computing Facility. Dr. Spector teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence, artificial life, and a variety of areas at the intersections of computer science with cognitive science, physics, evolutionary biology, and the arts. He has produced over 100 scientific publications including his book Automatic Quantum Computer Programming: A Genetic Programming Approach, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2004 and reissued in paperback by Springer in 2007.