Thursday, April 4, 2013

The ten greatest personality tests in sci-fi & fantasy

At io9 Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders came up with the ten greatest personality tests in science fiction and fantasy.

One entry on the list:
Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Unlike the Turing Test, which tries to distinguish between machine intelligence and human intelligence, the Voight-Kampff test looks for emotional acuity. Using a device to measure autonomic responses, like a sort of lie detector, the tester then asks the suspected Replicant a series of questions designed to test for empathy. In the movie, they involve a poor turtle on its back in the desert, who needs Leon's help.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? also appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best titles in the form of questions, Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs's list of ten classic sci-fi books that were originally considered failures and Robert Collins's top ten list of dystopian novels.

--Marshal Zeringue