Blade Runner 2014 – Abstract
- The world in 2049 is a dystopia – USA is nuclear contaminated
- There are new replicants with limited lifespan.
- All old models are too unpredictable; must therefore be found and retired – is killed immediately.
- Officer K – the Bladerunner – is looking for replicants.
- He finds a farmer in the desert AND a box of bones.
- It is the bones of a woman who died at birth.
- Obviously, the replicants can replicate.
- It begins the search for the child.
- K believes for a long time that he himself could be this child.
- No – it’s a girl and he finds her father in Las Vegas.
- Father and daughter can be found with the help of Officer K – now Joe
The world in 2049 is broken. Capitalism has destroyed, abused and worn everything. What was left was contaminated by radioactivity and rendered uninhabitable. What’s left is a new line of replicants. The Nexus 9 Series differs from the first edition with a limited life. Thus, they are a much lower threat to humans. Nevertheless, there are still some old replicants. The work of Blade Runner is still not over. Officer K: “Are you Snapper Morton NK 685114?” This question marks the beginning of the demise of a farmer who has disguised himself as a farmer. He is retired – is murdered by Bladerunner. Snapper: “How does that feel about killing your own people?” After completing his task, K finds a flower on the farm, which is virtually impossible in completely deserted Los Angeles. Slightly unsettled, he scans the entire environment and finds a box with the bones of a deceased woman. An analysis of these remains does not yield anything out of the ordinary. It is a woman who had died of a caesarean section at birth. However, since it is a replica, Lieutenant Joshi, called Madam, is in the greatest danger of default. Madam: “There is a wall (PROTECTION) between these two species. When it breaks, war rules. You have to find the child “. K: “I have never retired anything that was born. Whoever is born has a soul – I suppose. “If a system has developed replication-capable and immortal beings, nothing stands in the way of unlimited growth. That’s the biggest threat to humanity.
Yes – before that, humanity should protect itself. Constructing long-lived robots, providing them with intelligence and incorporating self-reproduction – that would lead to uncontrolled growth (see picture)
From a systemic point of view, three basic growth models are known. An unlimited, a limited and a self-regulating. Examples of unlimited are money, cancer cells, nuclear fission. Limited growth has Bitcoin, muscle mass and petroleum consumption. A self-regulating system exists in stock market prices, body temperatures and biomass. The counterparts in Bladerunner would be the old models, the Nexus 9 and the humans. The old models have been difficult to use and have therefore been retired. However, through their ability to replicate, they become a system with unlimited growth and thus existence-threatening for humanity. The Nexus 9 type has a built-in expiration date, is unlikely to replicate and is therefore subject to limited growth. The population of mammals has so far been subject to at least a self-regulating system. A bottleneck on food reduced the species. Only with regenerated raw materials could the genus reproduce again. Self-reproduction is essential. Rick Deckard, an old replicator says, “I saw a miracle born. If we can give birth to a baby, that makes us self-determined gentlemen. ”
The replicants are not cyborgs or even androids, as we know them from many other Sci Fi films. They are artificial humans with genetically organic structure. Only – they are not born and have no childhood. Joe as Officer K is called by his hologram playmate has childhood memories. These are implanted in the construction. For this, Niander Wallace has a subcontract with Dr. Ing. Ana Stellin bought the memorial design. K: “It feels strange to tell a story from childhood if you have not experienced it.” K begins to think about himself and comes to the conclusion that he himself could be the child of the replicant. This idea is supported by Joie Hologrammliebe. Joie also fights with herself. Mainly it is about her emotional disability. She gets from K an emanator, with which she can leave the locality. First, she goes out to feel the real life, the rain, like Ava in ExMachina. At this point Bladerunner is a continuity to “HER” and to “ExMachina”. Like Samatha in HER, Joie also brings a prostitute home here. All artificial beings from science fiction have in common the desire for “feelings”. They endeavor to somehow obtain an associated experience.
The ever-present question is, “How can humanity protect itself from AI?” Blade Runner and derived from the systemic models of growth, there are three protective measures:
Systems that exhibit exponential growth are very sensitive to the environment. They have to be supplied with energy as well as with matter / raw materials. Should this supply fail, the growth slows down or the system dies out. This process can be shown very dramatically in the case of cancer. If the cancer cells get too little nutrients, the human body and thus the cancer cells die. In terms of robots / AI, humanity must therefore ensure that these systems do not become replicative in any way and that they do not have unlimited access to the raw materials. A big alarm signal must then light up if such systems reproduce themselves – then war would arise between man and machine. That’s what Lieutenant Joshi in the Blade Runner fears when she talks about the wall between these two species.
In the case of limited growth, the amount of parts that will emerge will be pretty much defined in advance. With much slower growth behind, the system is also easier to control and you can get into a steep initial condition. A very typical example of limited growth is Bitcoin. The number of possible coins is algorithmically limited to 21 million. A violation of this limit would arise if the underlying algorithm would be changed and suddenly a multiplication of the amount would be possible. Humanity must therefore be careful when designing AI systems that they can not proliferate indefinitely. It must be used right at the beginning of a limit for its dissemination. Similar experience has the people in 2049 also made. You’ve created replicas of type Nexus 9 that have a limited lifespan.
Self-regulating systems are the ones that we are used to, of course – the example of the rabbit / fox population is well known. With too few rabbits, the foxes have too little food and die. The rabbits multiply, foxes get food again, etc.
A very difficult self-regulating system is man; Alone, if you only look at his body temperature. Self-regulating systems are in permanent exchange with their environment. Energy and raw materials may only be used up enough to ensure a sustainable survival. The essential instruments for this are the sensors. If people build android, cyborg or clones in the future, they are likely to be self-regulating with respect to their environment. Self-regulating systems have very high stability and can also be carefully controlled from the outside. The control-technically necessary hysteresis (delay) must be provided.
Blade Runner 2049 dramatically demonstrated what happens when uncontrolled growth occurs. This can be helped with the variant of limited growth, but is not particularly elegant. It will therefore be necessary for us to create beings next to us that, together with us, grow together with us into a self-regulating system.