This is the overall plan for this Summer. A draft, with a few places of interest here and there that is subject to change along the way. Two things are certain: we begin on the 25th of July in Geneva and have our flight back to Portugal, from Budapest, on the 3rd of September.
Even though this TV series made its debut already 6 years ago, only recently I got acquainted with it.
Charlie Brooker, the creator of Black Mirror, stated the following in 2011:
…each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy…
Being labeled as science-fiction tv-show, I think that it kind of underestimates the stories depicted in its 3 seasons (so far). It comes down to the idea that science fiction is a genre dealing with imaginative concepts and universes that will never become part of our reality.
And that’s where we have it wrong. Technology and communication (social media, in particular) have become ubiquitous tools in the XXI century. We live surrounded by it and most likely can’t survive without it. We would feel completely disconnected of this world. /FOMO
I’ve already watched all the episodes so far and some of them had quite an impact on me. You then begin to link those stories with a few situations/events happening now.
Without wanting to spoil anything, I’ll just leave here some articles that perfectly embody what I mentioned above.
Be Right Back
How far would you really go to hold on to a lost loved one?
This app lets people talk to dead people on their smartphone – no seance required. A South Korean tech company is using 3D scanning and artificial intelligence to one day allow people to gab – and take selfies – with computer-simulated versions of their dead loved ones.
Swiping up the social ladder in an obnoxiously pretentious world.
China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and those who fall short will be denied basic privileges
Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.
Hated in the Nation
Tackling the pollination crisis, one bee at a time.
The remote-controlled drone was equipped with horsehairs coated with a special gel, which the researchers say was crucial to the process. “This is the world’s first demonstration of pollination by an artificial robotic pollinator,” said Eijiro Miyako of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, one of the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Chem.