Black Mirror – Come Back As a Better-than-life Robot
What it Is:
We know the importance of the Cloud is growing immensely. What will its power bring in say 2050, 2060? HBO television invited three film directors to create their vision. Owen Harris with ‘Black Mirror’ is the best by far.
Ash crashes in a car accident but before that he has documented the details of his life in tweets, blogs, pics and other forms of social media. Like we all do. Though Ash did it above the average – and he is living in, I guess, 2023 or so. By that time we all will document our lives more meticulously and automatically.
His (pregnant) girlfriend is mourning of course. But she gets solace from the fact that she can phone with him, well not with Ash but with the Cloud’s representation of him: summarizing all It knows from him. The Cloud-empowered voice talks like Ash, jokes like Ash, laughs like Ash.
Next step: Ash comes back as a robotized replica. Looking a bit better – because his appearance is created from the pics he left behind on the Net/in the Cloud. And like we all, Ash only saved the more flattering ones. Ash’s skin is re-created via ‘texture mapping’. When his girlfriend point at a spot where the real Ash had a mole on his breast – a mole not documented on the Net – the mole appears in a few minutes. Ash after death coming back a collaborative project. Ash-as-robot isn’t perfect because ‘some sentences are hard to process’. But, well, Ash-before-his-death, wasn’t perfect either.
Why it is Cool:
Black Mirror is one of the first thought-provoking series that focuses on what the Cloud will bring to us. New possibilities, new dilemmas, new ‘humanities’. Over the top? Read Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future. The Inventions That Will Transform Our Lives. Kaku is a top scientist interviewing 300 other world top scientists (review here). They bring Black Mirrors convincingly more closely.
By the way: Ash is a nice name for somebody who dies and rises up again in robotized forms.