'Blade Runner's' Future Is Not Far Off. Here Are A Few Reasons Why.

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The "Blade Runner" sequel hits theatres in 2018.

And a Canadian, Denis Villeneuve, is directing.

It's been 34 years since Ridley Scott released his film about an ex-cop (Harrison Ford) tasked with hunting down Replicants, or humanoid figures that are running amok in 2019 Los Angeles.

The film made a number of predictions about the future, and forced audiences to ask what it means to be human.

Today, the world doesn't quite look as the film predicted. But some of its projections are proving true.

Here are 11 signs that "Blade Runner's" future is almost here:

This scene ...

Foresaw this one in Beijing.

blade runner beijing
(Photo: Courtesy of Anis Muslic/Twitter)

This flying car ...

Foresaw this passenger drone.
The Ehang 184 was premiered at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Replicants don't exist yet. But sophisticated machines do.

Like Erica.
Revealed last year, the Japanese robot Erica can respond to questions in a more naturalistic way than previous droids.

And Roxxxy.
This pleasure bot was unveiled at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in 2010.

One machine can convince people it's human.
Eugene Goostman, a computer program simulating a 13-year-old boy, passed the "Turing test," which examines a machine's ability to demonstrate intelligent behaviour.

eugene goostman

And another can beat us at our own game.

The film envisioned a city overrun with digital billboards ...

And flying ads.

Cities have long caught up on digital billboards ...
This is Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.

And drones have made flying ads possible.
Philadelphia-based company DroneCast specializes in advertising by hexacopter.

And let's not talk about the ads that bombard you in your own home.

An "Off-World Colony" is being planned on Mars.
The Mars One project is "unsustainable" but not impossible.

mars one

And private companies are looking into space travel.
Virgin's Richard Branson is racing with other billionaires to pioneer a passenger space craft.

richard branson spacecraft

The world doesn't quite look like this yet.

Though some cities do.
This is Osaka, Japan.

osaka japan
(Photo: Type specimen/Wikimedia Commons)

But one thing is certain. One day, all that we know will fade away.

Like tears in rain.

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