"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
Continuous improvement applies in the Tyrell corporation, just like in the real world.
Compare to the Nexus-6 from the same novel; see also the positronic brain from Isaac Asimov's 1941 story Reason, the Hangman from Roger Zelazny's 1976 story My Name is Legion (and see this explanation of the term replicant from Ridley Scott's Bladerunner).
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