What I like about Black Mirror is that many of the episodes are set in a near-future, not a far-future. Some themes:
- Copying a human consciousness is practically guaranteed to be used in callous and immoral ways
- Anything that can rewrite memories or sensory data fundamentally breaks all known social contracts and radically changes the idea of who someone is
- Even primarily good technology will have people who attempt to abuse it, yet this danger is usually ignored
For a lot of people, these are ideas that they haven’t really encountered before in a relatable way. It’s baby’s first me-am-play-gods to people like us, but by and large it’s a good introduction to these very real pitfalls to more… basic… people.
They aren’t saying FIRE BAD so much as FIRE COMPLICATED; DID YOU CONSIDER IF A BAD OR STUPID PERSON USED THIS?
I find that a huge number of technologists have deep blind spots around how their ideas will be misused. (Will, not can).
That said, there are definitely some stinkers in Black Mirror.