Susan Greenfield, a noted British neuroscientist who has studied the impact of new technology on people, has articulated some compelling concerns related to the mediated nature of technology.
She believes that, for all of its appearance of freedom, technology puts us in a box, a very bright, shiny, and fun box to be sure, but a box nonetheless.
The problem with this "low-resolution" life is that, though it shares similarities to real life, it lacks the high resolution and the granularity of real life.
For example, email can be a wonderful means of communication, but it lacks visual input (so important to effective communication), the nuance of facial expressions and body language, and clear emotional content.
This is the Chthonian black magic with which we are infected as sexual beings; this is the Daemonic identity that Christianity so unsatisfactorily describes as original sin and imagines it can cleanse us of. Image from the film, Blade Runner (1982) Cybernetics exposes an organism cross-cut by inorganic life - bacterial communication, viral infection, and entire ecologies of replicating patterns which destabilize and challenge even the most perverse notions of what it is to be "having sex".
required viewers to don headsets and headphones to experience a 90-virtual reality simulation.
In it, Wolfson walks up to another white man (actually, it’s a convincingly realistic animatronic doll) standing on a New York City sidewalk, hits the “man” in the head with a baseball bat, and then stomps repeatedly on his bloodied head; meanwhile, through headsets, we hear Wolfson reciting a Hebrew prayer.
When I first started reading your stories, I immediately thought: "Oh, this could be a script for Black Mirror." Why short fiction, and are you going to end up writing for a TV show?
I started watching Black Mirror after I wrote the collection because a lot of people were saying, "You have to see it, you'll love it." And it's true; I find it brilliant.
I see two fundamental differences between connected life, that is, life through the lens of technology, and real life, the one in which we live (I realize that it could be argued that tech life is the real one in which many of us live, but I see that as a problem).