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The Voight-Kampff Machine

A very advanced form of lie detector that measures contractions of the iris muscle and the presence of invisible airborne particles emitted from the body. The bellows were designed for the latter function and give the machine the menacing air of a sinister insect. The VK is used primarily by Blade Runners to determine if a suspect is truly human by measuring the degree of his empathic response through carefully worded questions and statements.

Description from the original 1982 Blade Runner press kit.

Blade Runner (1982)

So I just woke up and my three year old daughter looks me dead in the eye and says daddy … sit down. She then proceeds to take out a Voight-Kampff machine and begins asking me questions. I was a bit relieved when most of the questions seemed to relate to Toy Story, snacks and going to Shop and Stop. If that child learns how to properly use the device … Replicants everywhere will have a lot to fear … she can be vicious!!!

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