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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Voight-Kampff Test  
  A test intended to distinguish human beings from replicants.  

In the film, replicants (android copies of human beings) are given the Voight-Kampff empathy test; this distinguishes them from human beings.

Tyrell: "Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation, the so-called blush response? Fluctuation of the pupil... involuntary dilation of the iris?

Deckard: "We call it Voight-Kampff for short."


(From Harrison Ford Gives The Test)


(Voight-Kampff control panel from Blade Runner)


(Voight-Kampff eye response)

From Blade Runner, by Ridley Scott.
Published by Blade Runner Partnership in 1982
Additional resources -

Read more information about the test at the entry for Voight-Kampff Empathy Test from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel upon which the film is based.

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