Speaking in Statler Auditorium, associate professor of communication and information science Jeff Hancock referenced the novel's Voigt-Kampff "human-detector" empathy test as he engaged students in an "interrogation" to define humanity, and looked at deception in the age of social networks.

The lecture was in support of the 2010 New Student Reading Project selection, Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," which served as the basis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film "Blade Runner."

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