In this episode of Black Mirror we look into brain chips. This implant in a series of children allowed their parents to “protect” them. This Chip along with its tablet system shows you the recipient’s body functions, Shows what their eyes can see, tracks the recipient, as well as many other functions. This episode is interesting as much as it is different. We microchip our pets to be able to track them, see where they’ve been and make sure if they do get lost, they can also be found. Where does privacy start and end? This form of technology could change the world in so many ways…. For better or worse.
Benefits of the Arkangel
Imagine.. Being able to locate any missing persons. Being able to detect sickness and health. Sharing your sight with other people. Whether you’re looking at a pretty sunset or you’re using it for educational purposes. The possibilities are actually endless. Health and safety would be at their peak. Doctors would be able to simply find issues within the human body with the help of the Arkangel. Police officers would be able to locate people.
Downsides of the Arkangel
There are quite a few negative sides to the Arkangel implant, all of which are surrounding privacy. For a start.. imagine not knowing who’s watching you. If you lose the Tablet system connected to your chip? in worst case scenario, Imagine criminals; human traffickers, sex traffickers, murderers, got a hold of the data base where the data from the arkangel is stored. Imagine small time criminals; burglars robbing your house, taking the tablet and watching (through your eyes) where you keep your valuables and then robbing you a second time. Looking at scenarios where criminals aren’t involved. having someone constantly being able to look and see your personal life would be very daunting. at the end of the day we’ve all got skeletons in the closet, small or big, and that information should be private to each individual.
To break down this type of technology and future society, heres a number of questions to ask ourselves..
How would Privacy be stored?
When it comes to technology, there are a number of issues surrounding privacy. in todays society, we have microphones listening to us, showing ads on our facebook and instagram with related products and brands surrounding our conversation. Imagine being bombarded with constant advertisements after simply thinking about things, not even saying your thoughts out loud and having ads show up afterward. Privacy is a right but the more technology advances the less privacy everyone has..
Would this technology be accessible to everyone?
I can’t imagine that This would be accessible to everyone straight away, I believe – similar to the episodes depiction – it would start as a trial, however if the trial was deemed to be successful and it became a common piece of technology I can imagine that over time it would be inserted into everyone.
How realistic is this piece of technology?
This form of technology doesn’t exist (yet) however there are aspects fo this technology that are commonly used or have been invented. Tracking: apps like Life360, Find my iPhone, Etc. This technology is already deeply developed. The Recording of vision feature isn’t something that has been developed yet, however there are glasses that have microphones and cameras in them to record conversations and behaviour. As for the censoring feature – censoring is used in apps on computers, phones, tvs and tablets however censoring everything to a younger audiences eye isn’t something that has been developed either. That being said – technology is rapidly developing and this Arkangel type of technology isn’t exactly far-fetched.
How would the law be enforced using this technology?
This technology would assist law enforcement in a number of ways. Would this mean a collapse in the traditional justice system? being able to see whodunnit there wouldn’t be a need for lawyers going back and forth of he said, she said, and discovering the truth. The truth is recorded, lawyers would be more aimed as a defence for the guilty to try to get off without a hare conviction. How would judges and jury be able to make such decisions? Would this mean for less police officers? Or more? Would this end issues that we are currently facing in todays society? Like police abuse of power? Food for thought.
Would there be changes in city planning?
I tend to disagree with the idea that there would be changes. As this is a “cloud like” technology I can’t imagine that there would be much physical changes to city, towns and suburbs.
All In all, there are so many different things to consider when technology starts taking over. how would governments work, will there be new city planning, what are the environmental aspects to consider? How do Law and Safety come into things? What are the consequences of the technology? hopefully theres enough food for thought here.
Let me know what you think in the comments
Til next time,