Black Mirror's relationship with technology has always been tortured. Consciousness transfers, brain implants, facial recognition and tracking systems, inquisitive social networks, malicious applications, killer robot dogs and bees... The series has made technological advances its favorite playground.
With the recent debates on the limits of artificial intelligence (AI), we could suspect that the creators of the series broadcast on Netflix would be interested in the issue. The main creator of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker has indeed decided to put his feet in the dish, according to an interview given Tuesday to the American magazine Empire.
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"I played around with ChatGPT a little bit," Brooker reveals in the new issue of Empire. "The first thing I did was type generate an episode of Black Mirror and it gives something that, at first glance, is plausible, but to think about it, it's crap," he commented in English in the text. "Because all he did was look up all the synopses of the Black Mirror episodes and mix them up. Then, digging a little, we say that there is not really any original thought in there, "he jokes.
"Get rid of any preconceived ideas"
Brooker's contact with AI, however, proved to be a useful experience for the latter, according to the American magazine. Charlie Brooker discovered through artificial intelligence technology that he had writing tics. "I knew I'd written a lot of episodes where someone was always like, Oh, I was inside a computer the whole time," he laughs. "There's no point in having a cult series if you can't break your own rules," he told the Hollywood news magazine. "It's just kind of a glass of cold water in the face," he concluded.
This reflection may have led straight to the brand new episode of season 6 of the series entitled "Beyond The Sea", with the cast no less than Aaron Paul, Kate Mara and Josh Hartnett.
"This is an impossible mission set in another year 1969" and which, according to Brooker, is "a kind of dystopia of the past, present and future." This should delight fans of the show with or without the help of artificial intelligence.