As season five of Black Mirror is released, RT looks at some of the creepy real-life versions of technologies featured in the disturbing near-future show.
The hugely popular Netflix series examines our relationship with technology in an unnerving manner, constantly doling out reminders that the distance between our current reality and the one shown in the series is not so far.
While we’re not yet at the stage of transferring our consciousnesses to different brains, there have been a number of eerie developments bringing our lives even closer to the world of Black Mirror.
Talking to the dead bots
In season two’s ‘Be Right Back’ a grieving widow gets comfort from an android version of her late husband created from gathering his online data. The episode reveals the eventual painful results of stopping someone from grieving properly after a death and could serve as a warning for a number of similar bots being created by scientists in real life.
MIT is using a person’s digital archive to create an “augmented eternity” AI program from artificial neural networks that can understand language patterns and process new information. This allows the digital version of the person to evolve and be able to express opinions on current events.
Eugenia Kuyda of Russian startup Luka has already created a realistic memorial chatbot of her best friend, who had been killed in a car accident.
Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots bear a striking resemblance to Black Mirror’s dog-like bots seen in the season four episode called ‘Metal Head.’'
Read more: Life imitates Black Mirror: Five real-life technologies straight from the disturbing series
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