Forever love? Photo: David Dettmann/N Spoilers ahead for the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror. In the Black Mirror universe, technology is generally depicted as a force that will crush your soul, when it doesn’t actually kill you. Grainlike cameras implanted behind people’s ears tear apart their marriages. The wrong Twitter hashtag next to your name could lead to your execution by an angry mob. So San Junipero, the fourth episode in the new season, out this month on Netflix, came as a welcome relief, a warm bath of love and ‘80s music. It’s about two lonely women who, thanks to the wonders of technology, find true love and live happily ever after. Naturally, this episode has left people wondering whether such a future is possible. Could little nodes attached to our heads one day allow us to spend the afterlife in a picture-perfect virtual-reality beach town? Vulture caught up with Michael Hendricks, neuroscientist and assistant professor of biology at McGill University and author of an excellent and somewhat controversial article in the MIT Technology Review where he compares cryonics to snake oil. Below, Hendricks breaks down the nuances of the episode, the technology required to pull such a vision… Read full this story
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