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

Off-world colonies, digital billboards, machines that can convince you they're human...

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:

The Ehang 184 was premiered at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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

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

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.

This is Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.

Philadelphia-based company DroneCast specializes in advertising by hexacopter.

The Mars One project is "unsustainable" but not impossible.

Virgin's Richard Branson is racing with other billionaires to pioneer a passenger space craft.

This is Osaka, Japan.

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