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These TV shows and movies obsess over tech's dark side

From "Westworld" to "Black Mirror", 2016 has seen a wave of TV shows and movies confronting the fantasies and anxieties of technology.

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Richard Trenholm
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1 of 25 HBO

'Westworld'

"Westworld" was one of the TV shows debuting in 2016 that tackles our fantasies and anxieties around technology.

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2 of 25 HBO

'Silicon Valley'

"Silicon Valley" satirises the absurd world of the US technology heartland.

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3 of 25 David Dettmann/Netflix

'Black Mirror'

"Black Mirror" presents a bleak view of the way technology can bring out the worst in us.

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4 of 25 Peter Kramer/USA Network

'Mr Robot'

The award-winning "Mr. Robot" asks questions about surveillance and hacking.

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5 of 25 Crackle

'StartUp'

"StartUp" blurs the line between disruption and crime in a steamy story of Miami criminals backing a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency.

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6 of 25 CBS/Getty Images

'Star Trek'

The original "Star Trek" series addressed the 1960s zeitgeist as the space race influenced politics and science, as well as popular culture.

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7 of 25 Turner Network Television

'Pirates of Silicon Valley'

"Pirates of Silicon Valley" was a rare example of a fictional take on tech, recounting the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

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8 of 25 Merrick Morton

'The Social Network'

Today's wave of tech TV and movies began in 2010 with the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network".

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9 of 25 Fox

'The Internship'

In 2013, Google was heavily involved in the terrible comedy "The Internship".

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10 of 25 Universal

'Steve Jobs'

Michael Fassbender played the Apple founder in one of several films to dramatise his story.

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11 of 25 Tina Rowden/AMC

'Halt and Catch Fire'

"Halt and Catch Fire" dramatises the history of the nascent 1980s computer industry.

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12 of 25 Silicon Cowboys

'Silicon Cowboys'

"Halt and Catch Fire" was partially inspired by the true story of Compaq, told in the 2016 documentary "Silicon Cowboys".

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13 of 25 Monty Brinton/CBS

'Scorpion'

Hacking drama "Scorpion" tackled cyberthreats.

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14 of 25 Sonja Flemming, CBS

'Pure Genius'

"Pure Genius" suggests a Silicon Valley billionaire could use disruptive tactics and vast wealth to literally save lives.

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15 of 25 Fox

'APB'

Like "Pure Genius", Fox's forthcoming show "APB" sees a wealthy and disruptive tech genius take over a public system, in this case the police.

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16 of 25 Kane2026

'Person of Interest'

For five seasons, "Person of Interest" featured an artificial intelligence that could predict crime.

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17 of 25 CBS

'CSI: Cyber'

The famous CSI franchise tackled cybercrime in the (short-lived) 2016 series "CSI: Cyber".

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18 of 25 Warner Home Video

'Blade Runner'

Was he a replicant? And does it matter? "Blade Runner" was a seminal look at artificial intelligence, and it's as relevant as ever...

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19 of 25 Warner Bros

'Blade Runner 2049'

...which is probably why 2016 saw a sequel finally going into production.

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20 of 25 Channel 4

'Humans'

UK show "Humans" also tackled the morality of humans and almost-humans.

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21 of 25 Jonathan Olley

'Spectre'

"Spectre" saw James Bond taking on mass surveillance, a topic tackled by several recent big-screen blockbusters.

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22 of 25 Scott Garfield

'Why Him?'

Once, James Franco's obnoxious celebrity character might have been a rock star or movie star, but in the 2016 movie "Why Him?" he's a tech millionaire.

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23 of 25 Disney

'Bizaardvark'

Disney's "Bizaardvark" follows the stars of a fictional YouTube-style service called Vuuugle, reflecting the way online video sensations like PewDiePie and Smosh have become the pop stars of the digital generation.

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24 of 25 FX

'Atlanta'

"Atlanta" isn't a show about technology, but the characters can often be found with their heads in their phones. A whole episode revolves around a Twitter spat.

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25 of 25 EuropaCorp

'The Circle'

Technology will continue to loom large on our screens in 2017 with movies and TV shows including "The Circle", a chilling warning about the dark side of tech.

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