On the surface, Black Mirror is an exploration of the many ways technology dominates our lives. Ostensibly set in the near future or an alternative reality in the present (depending on the narrative of the episode), the show has managed to do something astounding – even for an inventive, well-made television series – Black Mirror predicts the future. It's actually a bit disquieting how spot-on some of its prophetic storylines have been.
Science fiction often takes place within the realm of possibility, and many sci-fi works have proven to be more than a little foreboding. But it's often taken years, decades even, for these predictions to play out. Black Mirror, on the other hand, has only been on the air for three seasons, and yet, some of the series's most outlandish predictions have already come true. What other prophecies might the show have in store for us?
In the meantime, marvel at a dozen instances in which Black Mirror predicted the future, and make sure to vote up the eeriest real-world parallels.
Samsung's recent patenting of a contact lens with an integrated camera seems straight out of the Black Mirror playbook. In the Season 1 episode "The Entire History of You," people use their camera-equipped contact lenses to record every life experience. Later, they replay notable events to analyze for signals and messages they may have missed the first time around.
Samsung might actually make this a reality sooner than we think.see more on The Entire History of You
In the episode "The Waldo Moment," a comedian voices a cartoon bear. Things get carried when the bear enters a parliamentary election as something of a joke. The character and his human counterpart soon find they have more of a chance of winning than anyone had previously thought.
In the end, the cartoon finishes in second. If only America had been so lucky.see more on The Waldo Moment
Drones The Size Of Bees... Er, Birds
Bees have died off and are replaced by drones in the Black Mirror episode "Hated in the Nation." These drones pollinate flowers as bees once did, an idea much too unsettling given the current predicament of the world's bee population.
While drones the size of bees have not yet been created, developers have had success shrinking drones to the size of small birds. Let's hope we don't need them to become responsible for our food supply, regardless of how small these drones eventually become.
Hackers Blackmail People They've Hacked
A particularly memorable Black Mirror episode, "Shut Up and Dance," features a group of unknown hackers who blackmail people into performing dangerous activities. At the time of airing, we couldn't have known that Russian hackers had compromised key American leaders and institutions, potentially including the voting system.
And more than one report has suggested that Trump is being blackmailed by Russia as well. Time will tell just how prophetic this Black Mirror entry turns out to be.