— Renée Hann (@rennhann) January 21, 2017
In Book Thirteen of the comic version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? there’s a three-frame spread of Deckard waking up in the morning. In the first, there’s just an alarm clock beeping – 5am – and a hand reaching over to quieten it. Next “THE CLOCK TELLS YOU IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP” and in the final frame, “ONE MACHINE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO ANOTHER”. From this, some might infer that Deckard is a replicant, a machine receiving instructions from the clock. However, as I reached to quieten my own alarm this morning, when I used the biometric scanner to clock in at work and when I responded to repeated meeting reminder alerts from Outlook it felt much more like a statement about the robotization of humans! Though of course, my human performance, my efficiency, is enhanced by these technological tools.