為什麼Rachael和Eldon試圖在" Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"中勒索Rick?


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Android的《電羊夢嗎?(Voigt-Kampff比例)來搜尋8個逃生的android無效。他們會給他一隻"活的"(實際上是機器人)貓頭鷹,以換取他對Voigt-Kampff秤的易失性的保密性。

他們為什麼這樣做?我以為他們不想讓他殺死機器人?他們為什麼要使用這種比例尺將他送去執行任務?他們是否希望他不小心殺死一個人,使賞金獵人失去信譽?還是他們要他懷疑自己,以便他最終放棄狩獵或發瘋?那似乎是迴旋處,我不明白為什麼他們不勒索他來完成他的任務,或者強迫他告訴他的老闆,他們的規模是錯誤的。

顯然,規模可以很好地使用,但是我仍然對他們在這裡的行為感到困惑。

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The question says that Eldon offers Rick the owl “in exchange for his secrecy as to the fallibility of the Voigt-Kampff scale”. But this is not what the novel says:

Rachael, leaning towards Rick, said, ‘How would you like to own an owl?’

‘I doubt if I’ll ever own an owl.’ But he knew what she meant; he understood the business the Rosen Association wanted to transact.

This “business” is not specified, so we have to deduce what Rick thinks it might be. My interpretation is as follows:

Eldon’s plan is to save the Nexus-6 androids by convincing Rick that the Voigt–Kampff test is not reliable. If Rick doubts the reliability of the test, he will not be willing to “retire” the androids, for fear of killing people by mistake.

The purpose of the blackmail and the owl is misdirection as to the nature of Eldon’s plan, in order to “sell” the unreliability of the test. The idea is that Rick should believe that Eldon’s plan was to save the Nexus-6 androids by blackmailing and bribing him into abandoning the mission. (This is how I interpret “business” in the extract I quoted.) If Rick can be convinced that this was the plan, then he won’t be suspicious about the demonstration of the test’s unreliability, as that will seem to be just an incidental element of the blackmail step of the plan.

The episode dovetails with the book’s theme of reality versus appearance: here we are misled on questions including the reliability of the Voigt–Kampff test; the humanity of Rachael; the nature of the owl; and the details of Eldon’s plan.