You may think that Netflix's Black Mirror is an indictment of technology in the modern age, but the producers say it isn't. Not really, anyway.
"I can see why it appears like it's anti-technology, but I don't think it is," said producer Charlie Brooker. "I think that, actually, in most of our stories -- if not all our stories -- the technology is neutral and what causes a problem in our stories is some sort of human failing or weakness or maliciousness or clumsiness."
Humanity getting the better of itself is nothing new in the genre. All you have to do is look at the works of H.P. Lovecraft or, even more applicable, Michael Crichton, where people dabble in technology and advancements that they are not able to fully handle or control. This Promethean tendency of hubris on the part of mankind is the source of much woe within the world of science fiction, more so than the actual technology itself.
"People relate [to the show]," said producer Annabel Jones. "They see the technology and they see why they accept it in their lives because it's fun and it makes their life easier. And so it's always gotta pass that test for us that, you know, any world we create needs to be credible and authentic and would I embrace wholeheartedly that technology?"
Watch both producers lay out their full arguments on technology below in our NYCC interview.
Additional material by Josh Weiss.