Published Dec 28, 2017Former TV critic Charlie Brooker has been plenty busy with his Netflix series Black Mirror, which officially launches its fourth season tomorrow (December 29). Though it's hit and miss, the show has proven to be somewhat psychic. Now, Brooker has opened up about what he thinks will be the next wave of technological nightmares.
Speaking with Wired, Brooker offered plenty of frightening predictions about the future of tech. It started with the items inside our refrigerators.
"I suspect that in the near future we'll have sentient packaging that will say 'Hello! I'm a carton of milk, don't throw me away — arggghh!'" he said. "It will be like hell, with all these people you don't want to deal with. I'll end up having to go to the fridge wearing a pair of fucking headphones because I don't want to get into a conversation with a yogurt pot."
He's also not particularly excited about flying cars.
"Why does a car need to fly? The minute it's flying I'm a bit worried about it," he said. "As soon as all the traffic is flowing in a completely automated way there will be fewer vehicles full stop, and less congestion. It would be like an episode of The Jetsons with everyone flying around. You'd get collisions left, right and centre, wouldn't you?"
Speaking of The Jetsons, Brooker doesn't see any point in space travel.
"I don't quite get the appeal of flying into space unless there's something actually there," he added. "I'm perfectly happy for someone else to do it until there's something there that's worth going for. I can see a future world in which people willingly fucking fling themselves into the depths of space rather than spend another 10 minutes on this stinking shithole."
Continuing down the negative path, Brooker stuck it to the concept of sharing.
"Countless products are just shit that we've bought that we don't really need. Having said that, I don't like sharing things," he added while discussing the sharing economy. "Well, food. I'm a bit weird about sharing food, but I don't think anyone's suggesting that yet. That's a kind of kind of Human Centipede thing. I think it makes sense, but it might lead to a complete and utter collapse of the manufacturing industry."
Watch the trailer for Season 4 of Black Mirror below.