Black Mirror – Be Right Back Explained

Two things are inevitable: death and taxes. But as we know from watching Black Mirror, death isn’t necessarily the end. In S2E1, “Be Right Back,” we find that we can live on as a shell of our former selves.

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Black Mirror Be Right Back

Black Mirror Be Right Back Discussion

Synopsis: Young couple Martha and Ash move into a remote cottage and Ash is killed the very next day. At his funeral, Martha’s friend Sarah tells her about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased.

“Be Right Back” stars Hayley Atwell as Martha and Domhnall Gleeson as Ash.

We discuss the story, the concept of creating an AI from social media, and the emotional and moral implications. Click the media player above to hear our podcast.

A Look in the Mirror

In this segment we look at the technology and how far we might be from seeing it in reality.

AI is an established technology and an effort is underway in the AI community to develop posthumous avatars that can ease the pain of mourning. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Shannon and Fadra discuss what they would do with their AI husbands.

Our Reflection

We’re rating every episode to help you decide which are must-sees, good to watch, or could be skipped.

Shannon: Good to watch
Fadra: Must-see

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