Black Mirror is an incredible science fiction show that deals with technology, privacy, and other issues that plague modern society. Each episode has a unique cast of actors, different themes and topics, different settings, but all of them have a similar overall feel. It’s a very clever show that serves as a warning in certain cases of where we could end up if we’re not careful, which is a common theme in a lot of great science fiction. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth checking out and watching it from the start. You’ll notice a lot of parallels to modern society. If you have seen it already, then you may have already put these pieces together and noticed that life has been influenced by art when it comes to the new iPhones.
Series 1 of Black Mirror, which consisted of just three episodes, aired in the final weeks of 2011 and took viewers by surprise to say the least. Series 2, which contained three more episodes, aired in February of 2013. There was a special in December of 2014 that was a stand-alone episode, and then the series was picked up by Netflix for 12 more episodes, the first 6 of which were released in October of 2016, and called Series 3. Finally, Series 4, the rest of the Netflix order, is anticipated to air sometime before the end of 2017. Each episode has its own story, but they all have similar themes and topics, but you don’t need to watch them in order. Having said that, you probabally should watch them all in order anyways, because every episode has something to offer and is worth seeing.
The meaning of the title Black Mirror has been described by its creator, Charlie Brooker, as follows:
“If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”
This is very fitting when thinking about iPhones, or any smartphones for that matter. They come with us everywhere, and we’ve put nearly every aspect of our lives into them for them to help manage. We check them multiple times per hour, it can be very consuming if you’re not careful. But what are the side effects of that? What’s the downside? What’s the price? That’s what this show explores, the darker side of technology that we’re all kind of aware of, but that many people are willfully ignorant of at the same time.
All of the different screens that play such a huge role in our lives are black mirrors, so to speak. Naturally, with any sci-fi that’s so in touch with current and future technology, it’s only a matter of time until certain predictions from the show start to come true. It’s not just about interesting takes on existing elements in technology, but also looking at what comes next. What’s the next step? Well, we have one prime example of a feature that’s now prominent on the upcoming iPhones, that was first predicted in an episode of Black Mirror, and one can only imagine there will be more and more examples as more predictions from the show become reality in the coming years.
In the new iPhones, you can now control emojis by using your own face. You’re replacing your own face and expressions by super-imposing them onto an emoji. Remember when all we had for emojis was that sideways smiley face :)? Then it became an actual illustration, then we got hundreds of different emojis to represent and replace the expression of nearly every human emotion, and now Apple is taking it to the next level by literally replacing our own faces.
Apple recently demonstrated this feature at their big event announcing upcoming products, where people around the world gather to watch a commercial that lasts for hours. Here’s a screenshot of their presentation, showing off the different faces you can use to replace the one you were born with:
When the creator of Black Mirror saw this, he was reminded of his “Waldo Moment” episode from Series 2 of Black Mirror, where a man controls a blue-faced bear. We’ll leave out any spoilers in case you haven’t seen it. Charlie took the opportunity to slightly modify Apple’s presentation, can you spot the difference?
— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) September 12, 2017
His tweet has gone on to receive over 50,000 retweets and 100,000 likes because it really resonates with fans of the show to see something like that make its way into the real world. Usually, Black Mirror draws from our world and extrapolates on it, but this time it was the other way around.