Electic Sheep and RFID

I’m finally getting around to reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The premise is effectively what would happen if we had robots that were so real we couldn’t tell them from actual living things. It is an interesting problem. The methodology in the book for determining an entity as an android is a test of empathy. The innovation that throws a wrench in everything is the creation of a new type of android that might be able to fake the empathy test.

While the book has been fun, the premise is a little annoying at times. Why is an interview necessart at all? Just stick something like an RFID chip inside an android and you’re done. Obviously, as the book was published in 1968, a future of RFID and GPS may not be at the forefront of futuristic thinking. Unfortunately, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we do have things like RFIDs today.

Still, our reality is a minor annoyance. The book is still a great read and I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys scifi.