Black Mirror, qui est déjà dans sa troisième saison, vient d’atteindre une popularité mainstream en tant que série télé – en grande partie grâce à son positionnement sur Netflix, — le fer de lance des réseaux de divertissements aux US. Mais cela fait un long moment — depuis 2011, quand Black Mirror a débuté son premier épisode sur la Channel 4 de la BBC — que la série d’anthologie nous fait chier dans notre froc avec ses perspectives effrayantes d’un futur devenu complètement de travers à cause des technologies. Le créateur de la série, Charlton ‘Charlie’ Brooker, avec l’aide de sa femme Konnie Huq, nous offre des aperçus à travers des épisodes non-chronologiques de mondes fictifs – des mondes comme le nôtre – où l’utilisation technologique a transformé la société de telle manière que la réalité, l’intégrité, et tout ce qui devrait être important dans une vie saine a été oublié.
Alors que la série offre de magnifiques, et souvent flippants moments de divertissement, on pouvait se consoler avec le fait que ce n’était qu’une émission télé.
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much of which can be thought of as horror with bits of comedy, romance and a shit ton of drama—that is currently captivating television audiences around the world. So if you’re not on it yet, do yourself the favor and get started. But while the show offers such great and thrilling entertainment, there was solace in the fact that, while many of the episodes where eerily relatable, it was at the end of the day just a TV show, and not real. Well… perhaps in a blinded sight of burying our heads in ostrich holes, we’ve failed to see that companies have in fact been working away at elements of technology that could very well bring the universe of Black Mirror into reality. This of course brings on the sudden pang of actually considering whether such a horrid future could very well be the inevitable. And we haven’t even recovered yet from Brexit and America’s President-elect, let alone the war in the Middle-East, poverty in, well the majority of the world, global gender and race inequality issues, and the rapid melting of our polar ice caps just to name a few…
But as always with the oncoming of doom, the best thing to do is to prepare yourself, so courtesy of Product Hunt, we’re showing you this list of all the technology that’s uncannily similar to what we’ve seen in Black Mirror, starting with the very app the first episode of Netflix’s season three revolves around. Go through the list below, and brave yourself, your loved ones and your pets for a bumpy ride into our future.
Peeple is an app that lets you display your profile, to which others can “review” and “respond” with recommendations, thus creating a very much “judging the book by its cover” scenario. The good news is that the app’s early version which originally had this function, was very poorly received by testers, and Peeple has since cut the rating service. So it’s good to know there’s hope yet in all of us.
Similarly in the episode titled “Playtest” (S03E02) and “San Junipero,” (S03E04) the US startup Magic Leap is a virtual reality service that offers augmented reality. Much like in both mentioned episodes that offers interesting and insane takes on the future of Virtual Reality—both as a game and an alternate reality—Magic Leap takes us one step closer to viewing a world totally constructed in whichever way we like. Knowing the impact of that on our minds is yet to come.
Just like in Black Mirror’s season one, episode three, in which the characters can record and watch their memories, much to horrifying effects both in one’s sanity and real-life actions, Snapchat Spectacles allows you to document snaps of your life to share with your friends and foe. It then begs the questions as to whether we really need to be this intimate with each other…
For the first episode of season two, the main character uses a service that recreates all the elements of her deceased husband into a robot, to a point of confusing what’s real with what’s not. For ChatLike.me, the service offers a Twitter bot that can automatically Tweet just like you. Perhaps not as creepy, but still a little creepy.
The captivating episode 2 of the Black Mirror’s first season included a technology that pays you off in “Merits” for partaking in activities, but not without ads that can’t be skipped without a fee. Pact thankfully does the former, where you add real money, and can actually earn more if you live a healthy life, and lose if you don’t – a great motivator to getting fit actually!
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