What ‘Blade Runner’ got right and wrong about 2019

Way back in 1982, “Blade Runner” offered a bold vision of the future.

Ridley Scott’s beloved sci-fi movie, loosely based on a Philip K. Dick novel, tried to predict what life would be like on Earth in 2019. It presented a dystopian, industrial version of Los Angeles with dreary weather, humanlike robots and people living in outer space colonies.

In other words, not quite accurate. But hey, the movie is specifically set in November 2019 — a lot could change in 11 months.

Here’s what the original “Blade Runner,” almost 37 years ago, thought our society would be like in the year ahead — and how well its predictions turned out.

We’d have human-like robots called replicants

Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, is tasked with tracking down rogue replicants — robots who look and act like humans — and retiring (killing) them. The replicants are highly intelligent and so lifelike that authorities can’t tell them apart from real people and identify them by gauging their emotional response to questions.

Verdict: We’re not there yet.

Researchers are vying for a future with lifelike robots — maybe even “Blade Runner’s” artificial animals like Tyrell’s owl or Zhora’s snake. Some labs are even trying to build sophisticated sex robots like the Pris, the movie’s “pleasure model” replicant. And computer scientists have made huge leaps in developing machines — like IBM’s Watson — with artificial intelligence.

But we’re not close to mistaking them as real.

We’d travel in flying cars

What’s a sci-fi movie without a flying car, right? In “Blade Runner” Deckard climbs into a “Spinner,” a police car that can take off vertically like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

Verdict: We have them, sort of.

We’re still many years away from commuting to work in flying cars, but that doesn’t mean that prototypes — like this one, or this one — don’t exist.

We’d be seduced by digital billboards

The Los Angeles of “Blade Runner” is full of blinking electronic billboards for Coca-Cola and other products.

Verdict: Yep, that’s our world.

Just look at today’s Times Square, where standard billboards with splashy photos are child’s play next to ones that scroll and flash and play videos. Some billboards offer to post your selfies, while others target you with ads as you drive by.

Our climate would be miserable

It rains a lot in “Blade Runner.” Like a lot a lot. And it’s dark and dreary … all the time.

Dick’s novel and the movie suggest this is because of rampant industrial pollution and radioactive fallout from a nuclear war. Scott, the