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They grapple obsessively with the notion of the human mind: uploading it; infiltrating it; probing its memories; preserving it after death.

Consider the well known argument against violent video games because of how they might be affecting our actions in the real world.

If we become accustomed to treating human looking machines badly, we might find this attitude seeping in to the way we interact with real living beings.

You’re walking through the forest with your robot friend by your side. Stumbling over the uneven terrain is a central part of its training. The field of advanced robotics has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.

As is being violently attacked by an engineer with a hockey stick. Humanoid, biped robots are capable of walking on their own and are performing ever more complex tasks.

Understandably so: Both shows dealt with elements of science fiction and psychological horror, and both functioned as anthology shows, with episodes so distinct from one another that an uninitiated viewer could plunge in at random and be as familiar with a given episode’s premise as a seasoned fan.

It was a selling point; it made the show easy to recommend to people who might be wary of committing to a complex, serialized narrative.

Call them Easter eggs, or call them clues to piecing together a shared universe—one that creator Charlie Brooker, after years of denying, has finally admitted does, indeed, exist.

The new episodes, released last Friday, are more thematically cohesive than any batch that’s preceded them.

Although this was disputed at the time, as technology develops it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish humans from computers.

Robots may not have recognisably human intelligence, but most people now accept that they are intelligent in some way.

We wouldn’t protest on moral grounds at anyone smashing up a computer, or a smartphone, so why should a robot be any different? Other than our tendency to anthropomorphise anything that looks human, wanting to protect robots largely depends on whether or not we consider them to be intelligent.