Has Black Mirror been removed from Netflix

Relationships often begin digitally today. Tinder, the app in which you can select potential partners with a simple swipe left or right, has supposedly changed the love life and mating behavior of an entire generation. For those who like things a little less brutal, there have been online dating sites for a long time, in all conceivable variants.

What if there were a program that always mediates people with one another for a predetermined period of time and at some point, so the promise, distills the perfect combination of people from the data obtained from these short and long-term relationships? Chance or nightmare? Sometimes you may have to endure a terrible person for a long time while the algorithm is still calculating what should work better the next time you try. An episode from the new season of the British TV series Black Mirror plays through this tragic-comic scenario in a very sobering way and is exemplary for the whole series, which in each episode takes a small detail of our increasingly digitized present and thinks a few steps further.

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What if a person's consciousness could simply be copied into another person or into the cloud? What if parents could monitor their children every step of the way with a tablet? Or if you could create a digital image of the person belonging to it from the smallest DNA sample. At Black Mirror chance and horror are always close together. Each episode of the series has its own cast and tells a self-contained story, but almost all of them are written by British journalist and television maker Charlie Brooker, for whom one message above all matters: We are committed to the change that new technologies bring with them, completely unprepared.

The newest, fourth season now revolves around one aspect of the interaction with artificial intelligence in each episode. Killer robots are the most predictable scenario. What in any case leads to a conflict with the dating algorithms, digitized consciousness and full surveillance is the human factor, the unpredictability of human emotions. Does the algorithm really have to "improve" the relationship even further if the first date is actually already working? A technology that can stream thoughts opens up unimagined possibilities in medicine - but it also makes these people as manipulable as a computer file and raises the question of whether one can still speak of people with such copied brains.

The Black Mirror - the dark mirror - is the black screen of all the devices that surround us every day and the series does not shy away from looking into this abyss. Often she goes to the limit of tastelessness. But that's also why she is so good and brave: Black Mirror shows what could be lurking just a few clicks away.

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