The sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror has correctly foreshadowed a host of horrifying technological advancements that have become reality.
The latest curious similarity between fact and fiction arrived yesterday, with the announcement of a familiar sounding feature on the new Apple iPhone X. The feature advances what we typically recognise as emojis, with facial recognition software giving users the ability to turn themselves into avatars that mimick their exact expressions.
The Black Mirror Twitter account subsequently tweeted a GIF that substitued one of the emojis used in the iPhone X presentation for that of Waldo, a character created for a 2013 episode of the series.
In the episode, a cartoon bear given a voice and personality by a failed comedian quickly becomes a populist figurehead and enters the political arena, with thousands voting for him in a local by-election. He is controlled using similar technology to the kind depicted at the Apple presentation.
Oddly, this is the second time The Waldo Moment has predicted high-profile current events, with the populist, insulting, anti-establishment cartoon sharing parallels with the rise of Donald Trump. Ironically, Brooker told Hollywood Reporter last year that he at one point felt the episode was one of the few that he couldn't quite crack.
"If you look at that now, it's really quite terrifying," Brooker said. "It's more prescient than I realised. He's an anti-politics candidate who's raucous and defensive, and that's all he is, and he offers nothing. He insults everyone and they lap it up because they're so sick of the status quo. And then you look at Trump..."
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