Real-Life Black Mirror: Human Uber

07 May 2020

The idea behind a Human Uber isn’t a bad one. Send someone as your proxy to action the things you don't want to do - while it sounds great in theory, how does this futuristic communication method play out in a real-life setting?

This sneak peek of the future was inspired by a product unveiled at MIT Tech Review’s EmTech Asia conference, held in Singapore back in 2018. It was there that the ChameleonMask, described by its website simply as a “telepresence system that shows a remote user’s face on the other user’s face,” had its debut. Shortly after, tweets containing photos of people wearing the device’s prototype began to hit social media, where it was dubbed “Human Uber."