Blade  Runner

The Nickelodeon Columbia, SC


Dr. Richard Vogt

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina

Blade Runner— Brain Mapping and the Possibility of Developing an Artificial Brain

A discussion of brain mapping and the possibility of developing an artificial brain.

The Nickelodeon Columbia, SC

Film Synopsis

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

In the not-too-distant future, Los Angeles and the surrounding area has become a dystopian wasteland, heavily industrialized and overcrowded. Genetically engineered humanoid beings known as replicants are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Retired police officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), whose job was to track down replicants and assassinate them, is informed that four have come to Earth illegally. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty to find and destroy the rogue replicants. Ridley Scott’s neo-noir classic initially polarized critics, but has since come to be regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.

About the Speaker

Dr. Richard Vogt is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. His focus is on molecular genetic mechanisms/processes in the context of the environment animals inhabit and across evolutionary time scales.