OnAir #2

BLACK MIRROR

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

Black Mirror

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?

New app lets you talk to the dead

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.

 


Nosedive

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.

Researchers use drone to pollinate flower

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.

Under-the-table

Lisboa has always been a very multicultural city. Since the age of the Portuguese Exploration from the end of the XV century up until today that people from all over the world have found their home in Lisbon. We were one of the pioneers when it comes to melting pots.

I had been waiting to try out this restaurant for a while now and this week I finally had the chance to do so. The the food, despite being tastily homemade, wasn’t the thing that I found the most interesting. It was, indeed, the whole secrecy and exotic flair around this place.