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As you probably know, Netflix has rolled out a new addition to its roster of original series (Orange is the New Black, Daredevil) in the form of Sense8. The sci-fi/fantasy show, which is a collaboration between the Wachowski brothers and J. Michael Straczynski, tells the story of eight strangers from across the globe who slowly learn about their connection with each other. This connection, I must clarify, goes beyond any bond we may experience in real life: these people are able to access each other’s knowledge, skills, and language. More interestingly, they are able to telepathically “share” with or “visit” each other. One Sensate who is in Berlin may look to his left and suddenly find a fellow Sensate from Mumbai, who’s able to experience the German environment as if she was really there, despite her physical body being in India.
While this phenomenon is very unlikely (I try to avoid saying “impossible”) to occur in real life, we do have a way of simulating that feeling of “visiting” a Sensate.
Snapchat’s Live Story feature allows the dwellers of a specific city to show off their surroundings to the world for 24 hours. The app describes watching the Live Story as a way to “make you feel like you’re right there!” And it sure is cool. I have been able to witness live festivals, celebrations, and everyday lives of people in different countries just with a
flick of da wrist tap on my screen, despite me being in the United States. In just a matter of seconds, I “teleported” to Rio de Janeiro and watched a futbol match with the locals, and hung out at a pub in Berlin. Right now, I’m in Bangalore (Bengaluru) checking out the street market and playing cricket in the fields.
While nothing beats an actual trip and visit to the cities and countries we see on our screens, it still is pretty awesome that technology has made it so easy for us to instantly see what’s going on from across the globe through the eyes of a bunch of strangers. In a way, Snapchat’s Live Story is like that mysterious woman in the first episode of Sense8. They both appeared out of nowhere, and now, all of a sudden, we have the ability to share what we’re seeing, hearing, and experiencing with strangers who live in cities and countries we have never been to, without regards to language, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.
I think it’s pretty neat.
Check out the trailer for Netflix’s new original series, Sense8, below: