Peek into the Future: Black Mirror - Arkangel

Business of AI Sep 20, 2021

We have always heard people say -

DARK Side of the Moon

But do we ever think about the consequences of our advancement in technology. Of our advancement in the field of AI?

Humanity is a curious species, that loves to explore its limits and go Beyond the Unknown.

In most cases it is very rewarding, but one needs to be cautious and judicious in utility and expenditure of resources keeping the consequences for the next generation in mind.

The same concepts we humans extend to our personal lives as well.

Most parents are extremely protective of their children in terms of the people they associate themselves with, the kind of knowledge they are expose to or the path they choose for their future.

Sometime Love turns into Obsession and Over-protectiveness only makes things worse.

Today we are talking about one of the Episodes of Black Mirror - Arkangel.

Before I talk about the concept how about we take a quick look at it.

What was the Technology all about?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the world from somebody else's eyes.

Well this is what the technology is.

The idea works around a Tech firm that intends to help parents monitor their children by inserting a CHIP into their brain.

It helps parents keep a track of What they see, What they hear or even Where they go.

Basically an all round surveillance on an individual which can be accessed remotely from any location.

The catch in the story is, it doesn't just end there -

It also taps into your feed to analyse what kind of content are you ingesting, to raise ALERT for may be Narcotic intake.
Along with that parents also have the control to filter out the content which they feel that their child shouldn't be exposed to, such as - Violence, Foul Language or even Adult Content.

Now this isn't where things are spooky. The most astonishing part of this whole Episode is that we can correlate it with our real world happening as of now.

After all that's what Peek into the Future is all about. Breaking down Science Fiction to get it as close to Reality as possible.

How Do I get my Hands on it?

Science Fiction is just a dream or imagination or even vision of an individual if we may put it that way.

What is Fiction today will become Reality today or tomorrow, it's just a matter of time.

The only question is - How much time do we have?

In this case, we are already half way there.

NeuralLink a project undertaken by Elon Musk, one of the greatest innovators of our time has been able to achieve a feat that sets the tone in motion for reaching Arkangel.

I know we all are people of Science who believe in facts, so here's your FACT.

Technology breakdown

As promised, we will break it down for you guys. Keeping the biological aspect aside, let's talk about the various AI components that would come in play -

Instance Segmentation - Computer Vision has given the world many algorithms including this one. It identifies and draws a Contour across every Object that it can identify in a frame and tag them as separate instances. Comes in very handy in real world problems.
Content Filter - As we have a vast volume of data at our disposal, we have pre-trained models available to categorise a visual content as SFW (Safe for Work) or NSFW (Not Safe for Work). In addition to that Models can be trained to filter out information pertaining to Violence, Foul Language, Substance Abuse and a lot more.
Image Processing - Sometimes just deleting frames in a Video is not enough. To keep an individual in the realm of reality but also keep the above technologies in place, we perform Image processing such as Selective Blurring, Cropping, Smoothening and a lot more, to control the visuals.
Predictive Analysis - Even though our Brain may send out information as Electronic Signals. At the end of the day, it is just a bunch of numbers with patterns. The underlying concept of using Transformers or LSTMs to run predictions on the Future Time Step can prove to be a pioneering step for pre-emptive safety measures.


What we saw above was just a preface to the intricacies involved in building something so complex. But it definitely gives us a picture and a base to take our first step.

I hope this article finds you well. You can explore more on the link below -

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STAY TUNED for more such mind boggling content on AI and its implications. 😁


Vaibhav Satpathy

AI Enthusiast and Explorer

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