‘Blade Runner 2049’ dives deeper on AI to transcend the original


Blade Runner 2049 is a miracle. It?s a sequel that nobody really wanted ? certainly not fans of the seminal 1982 original by Ridley Scott. And ponderous explorations of artificial intelligence aren?t something that typically clicks with mainstream audiences. (The film?s disappointing box office results seems to make that clear.) But it turns out that Blade Runner 2049 ? directed by Denis Villeneuve ? is actually an ideal sequel. It builds on its incredibly influential predecessor by asking deeper questions about AI. As the lines between humans and replicants blur, the idea of being ?more human than human? seems truer than ever.

Spoilers ahead for Blade Runner 2049.

The new models

Within the first few minutes, we learn that Ryan Gosling?s ?K,? our new cyborg-hunting detective, is actually a replicant. There?s no ambiguity, like there is with Harrison Ford?s Rick Deckard in the first film. That immediately gives his job…

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