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'Black Mirror' Has a Bleak View of Technology, Humanity, and Its Audience

Charlie Brooker has always had a cynical eye on the future. His Black Mirror takes place 20 minutes from now, in a world ten degrees more cynical than our own. 178 more words


'Black Mirror' Kicks Off Its Third Season with a Five-Star Episode

Earlier this month, The Verge ran an equally fascinating and unsettling article about a computer engineer named Eugenia who fed all of her text conversations with her late friend Roman—who died after being struck by a car—into an artificial neural network. 142 more words


Speak, Memory

When the engineers had at last finished their work, Eugenia Kuyda opened a console on her laptop and began to type.“Roman,” she wrote. “This is your digital monument.”It had been three months since Roman Mazurenko, Kuyda’s closest friend, had died. 109 more words


Black Mirror’s New Season Is Excellent — and Disturbingly Close to Reality

Starting this weekend Netflix will begin showing six more episodes of Black Mirror, the brilliant, deeply creepy tech-dystopia series, with which to torment yourself. It remains sinister and brilliant, but for the first time, the Rod Serling-meets-Evgeny Morozov show’s choice of subject matter hits so close to home that you may have a hard time watching it.This is not a bad thing. 121 more words


How ‘Black Mirror’ Went from Being a Clever Show to a Televised Thinkpiece

In a year that’s felt like a slow-burning trash pile, Black Mirror has shown up right on time. The Charlie Brooker series fittingly migrated from Channel 4 to Netflix’s digital TV service, where it gained an American following. 101 more words


How the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work

On the morning of 1 October 1970, the computer scientist Viktor Glushkov walked into the Kremlin to meet with the Politburo. He was an alert man with piercing eyes rimmed in black glasses, with the kind of mind that, given one problem, would derive a method for solving all similar problems. 171 more words


Massive 14-Lb. Lobster Caught and Released in Bermuda

That’s a whole lotta lobster!

A charter boat company in Bermuda caught a whopper of a lob-stah — weighing a massive 14 lbs. — the night after Hurricane Nicole moved through the area. 219 more words