These Predictions Made By The TV Show “Black Mirror” Are Slowly Becoming A Reality

6Season 1 Episode 2 “Fifteen Million Merits”

Remember seeing a hamster wheel in cartoons as children? This episode is just that. People have to pedal stationary bicycles to generate energy. They earn credits which they can spend on food and entertainment. These people have no free will of their own and are essentially prisoners. They can, however, get out if they prove to be talented in any field.

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From a virtual prison to a real one, this idea was implemented in places in Brazil, where inmates of a prison were made to pedal bikes for electricity to supply to the city. In return, they got a few years knocked off their prison sentence. MIT is also working on an idea for a wearable source of power.

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7Season 1 Episode 3 “The Entire History of You”

In this episode, people are able to capture their whole lives by wearing contact lenses with inbuilt cameras. They can go back and revisit any memory they want to, as many times as they wish. In the episode, the protagonist used this to find out that his partner had been unfaithful. This highlights the good and bad aspects of such advanced technology.

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We are all familiar with cloud storage and we use it to share photos. Samsung took this idea up in 2016 and invented wearable lenses with cameras in-built and patented it in South Korea. Google also owns two patents for smart lenses. Sony was also working on the same but in this case, the wearer could record whatever they wanted. This seems more convenient.

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8Season 3 Episode 4 “San Junipero”

In this episode, people can live out their wildest dreams and fantasies in the virtual city of San Junipero. This episode is one of the most emotional. The year is 1987, and a shy young woman meets a dynamic party girl with a powerful personality. The bond they form takes them through space and time.

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In the episode, people upload their brain onto a computer.  A startup company called Nectome declared they were working on something similar. They decided to work with terminally ill people who sought doctor-assisted suicide, as the brain needs to be fresh to be embalmed. This would allow them to create a simulation of the person in the future through the preserved brain.

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