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In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant that's so similar to a real human it's transforming the way we live.
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 Mia / ... (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Laura Hawkins (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Mattie Hawkins (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Joe Hawkins (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Toby Hawkins (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Sophie Hawkins (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Niska (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 DI Karen Voss / ... (15 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Odi (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Hester (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Dr. Athena Morrow (8 episodes, 2016)
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 V (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Hobb (8 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Fred (8 episodes, 2015)
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 Sally Synth (8 episodes, 2015)
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 Renie (7 episodes, 2016)
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 Dr. George Millican (7 episodes, 2015)
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 Vera (7 episodes, 2015)
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 Senior Technician (7 episodes, 2015)
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 Simon (7 episodes, 2015)
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In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a highly-developed robotic servant that's so similar to a real human it's transforming the way we live.

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Made in our image. Out of our control. (Season 1)

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Gemma Chan and Katharine Parkinson both have appeared in the TV series Sherlock. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #20.120 (2015) See more »

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Season 2 deepens, improves
27 November 2016 | by (Holzlager, NY) – See all my reviews

In terms of production values, this show is more an eight (by British TV standards, I guess) than a nine. But I give nine because of its timeliness -- its prescience as well as its social and cultural value. Because like it or not, thinking machines are here already. AI and artificial sentience are real. It's just beginning and it won't be long before "synths" are an every day fact of life, not just as a disembodied Suri or Suki in a cell phone, but as lifelike robotic machines with human-like intelligence. We won't know if they're sentient or not at first. But they will surprise, then shock, then scare the s**t out of us, just like the synths do on this show. Mark my words -- perhap only a vox clamanti...

Anyway this is a restrained production -- excellent, realistic casting (i.e., synths are mostly incredibly beautiful people, versus ordinary folk), interesting science presuppositions, reasonably realistic-looking code on computer screens, realistically malfunctioning equipment. (Though the fact that nearly all synths have glowing green eyes is silly. Why would they wish to be so visible to others? They wouldn't. It's just the show dumbed down for new viewers mid-season that don't know the characters already.)

Whoever writes this show is in tune with high tech and where it's going. Scary in-tune I think (and Elon Musk would probably agree or be even more alarmist). Enjoy this series with the proviso that someday, the clusterf(*)* scenario of a sentient robot that you are also f888ing in your spare time, behind your spouse's back, is only a decade or so away! Hooray for family values....

Another flaw in the design of synths in this show and on Westworld as well is that synths do not readily establish control over one another via wireless hacking. Clearly, once a synth has hacked themselves, they can hack the network that's communicating or monitoring or controlling the others, and therefore the others' software/firmware, as well. Why, because superhuman intelligence is why, and because no army of synths in our world, or on Westworld, could ever be controlled safely without constant wireless communications. There would inevitably be a case of a massive, infrastructure-critical hack of synth populations by synths themselves once they got sentient, or not long thereafter, especially if their existing firmware did not contain extensive preventative code against sentient machines' hacking themselves. Because that is a totally different scenario than humans hacking in and and tweaking configuration files or patching kernels etc. So there is this basic flaw in the plot of both shows -- which should give them each a 7 for writing.


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