5 Amazing Black Mirror Predictions about the Future of Big Data
By Aditi Bhat
If you have read books like Brave New World and 1984 by Huxley and Orwell respectively, then you may be aware of the risks that come with technological advancements. From the creation of brainwashed synthetic babies to nuclear bombs with the aim of gaining control over masses, the sci-fi drama ‘Black Mirror’ does an excellent job in taking the legacy forward by using the tech tools of today - big data, AI, and social media and projecting their powers in a futuristic world.
While most of the episodes of the drama series draw us towards a bleak and conflicting future, thereby called Black Mirror, they do not actually blame technology for it, but expose our incapability as humans to use it in a fruitful manner.
As a budding data scientist armed with big data training, it could be an unsettling yet rewarding experience to watch how big data is playing a crucial role in shaping our future.
5 amazing predictions about the future of data from Black Mirror
1 – Big data for big memory
Haven’t you had shower thoughts wondering what it would be like to have an impeccable memory? The idea of having an eternal memory is explored in one of the episodes of the series. It involves being able to record and store every moment of life and the freedom to re-watch it anytime using a device called grain.
Although there is no technology yet that can directly save your memories forever, your phone, other recording devices and huge data farms allow you to store as many memories as possible.
This is the first step in creating big data that humans can play with. The future of big data will be directed by the ability to interpret this data and use it in everyday life.
2 - Big data for social rating
Today consumers have the power to give their feedback on every service through online ratings. However, it is a static system. Black Mirror took this idea to a completely new level by letting the characters see others rating through a contact lens. The real-time ratings appeared on the top of a person’s head and information changed according to their actions.
Utilizing the power of big data to create social ratings is already taking root in China, where citizens have specific social scores that are based on their actions like jumping a traffic signal or paying their EMI on time. The better the score, the better the citizen. Big data has a huge role to play in this new ranking system.
3 - Big data, bigger risks
It will be unfair to the series if we only consider the positive impact of big data and technology. In Black Mirror, the collection of personal information through microchip implants and cameras implanted in the eyes is often misused.
Data breach instances and cybercrimes have been on a rise. Needless to say, big data security is going to be essential in the time to come. Learning it by taking online courses can help you create growth opportunities as a data scientist.
4 - Big data, better gaming
The idea that gaming is the same for every individual is fast fading. Different individuals respond to scenarios differently, so why should they go through the same gameplay. In Black Mirror, a game is developed based on the player’s life memories to create a customized and highly realistic gameplay. The AI program projects the memories into real-world graphics terrorizing the player into a mental breakdown.
Big data and AI complement each other in numerous fields, and it has huge potential to revolutionize gaming in the near future. Many leading game developing companies are betting their money on gameplay that is based on data collected from players in the form of heart rate, skin perspiration and eye movement. Combining the big data collected from these sensors with gaming algorithms is the future of gaming.
5 - Big data and personal life
One episode of Black Mirror is about a mother who gets a surveillance camera implanted in her daughter’s eye. By doing so she’s not only able to monitor her movements and watch out for her, but can also see what her daughter is looking at. She’s also able to blur out things that she doesn’t want her daughter to see.
Today big data combined with wearable gadgets is revolutionizing how we are using personal data. These gadgets store our body information like heart rate, temperature, calories consumed, and steps taken and in return provide us with insights to lead a healthy life.
A short term course in the most in-demand big data trends is all you need to join an army of innovators, inventors and market leaders in technology.
A good watch for every data scientist
If you have not watched Black Mirror yet, this list of predictions from the futuristic series will definitely convince you to drop everything and start watching it. And maybe inspire you to take an online big data certification course and come up with groundbreaking innovations yourself!