Twitter Reacts to AI-Based Wearable That Transcribes and Uploads Everything You Say and Hear

People are comparing the device to the classic 'Black Mirror' episode "The Entire History of You"—and for good reason.

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Social media is up in arms over a new AI-powered device called the Rewind Pendant, which is going viral for—among other things—its eerie similarity to an iconic episode of Black Mirror.

On Monday, RewindAI co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker took to Twitter (which Elon Musk would prefer we call X) to advertise the pre-orderable $59 item, which he describes as a "wearable that captures what you say and hear in the real world and then transcribes, encrypts, and stores it entirely locally on your phone."

In a brief video, Siroker also calls the Rewind app—which he's partially pitching to people with hearing loss—“a personalized AI powered by everything you’ve seen, said, or heard,” utilizing a “privacy-first approach” and offering “features for you to ensure no one is recorded without their consent.”

Introducing Rewind Pendant - a wearable that captures what you say and hear in the real world!

⏪ Rewind powered by truly everything you’ve seen, said, or heard
🤖 Summarize and ask any question using AI
🔒 Private by design

Learn more & preorder:

— Dan Siroker (@dsiroker) October 2, 2023
Twitter: @dsiroker

The device is drawing comparisons to Black Mirror, and for good reason. "The Entire History of You," the third and final episode of the breakout debut season of the acclaimed series, sees people using eye-implanted tech in the near future that aurally and visually records interactions, which allows each person to rewatch their memories.

It didn't take long for one Twitter user (shouts to Pitchfork writer Matthew Ismael Ruiz) to question if the creator of the Rewind Pendant has seen the aforementioned episode. "Can’t tell if he’s never seen the black mirror episode or if he saw it and thought YES LETS MAKE THAT," Ruiz quote-tweeted Siroker's video introducing the product.

Elon Musk's former partner Grimes also chimed in and pointed out the Rewind Pendant won't be enticing for people who've experienced abusive relationships and/or care about the "impact constant surveillance has on child development."

"Feel like a lot of the people making this stuff have either never been in an abusive relationship or don't have kids and aren't thinking of the impact constant surveillance has on child development," Grimes wrote, adding, "I could be wrong tho, interesting short story 'the truth of fact, the truth of feeling' by Ted Chiang is good and basically about this invention."

Check out some of the best reactions to the Rewind Pendant below.

All my Rewind Pendant is gonna know is the lyrics to every Uzi song.

— Adar (@adarbutel) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @adarbutel

can’t tell if he’s never seen the black mirror episode or if he saw it and thought YES LETS MAKE THAT

— Matthew Ismael Ruiz (@PoRican) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @PoRican

but seriously, check them out and decide for yourself ... someone will strike the right balance. and looks like i missed a few more devices ... tag any others! 🙏

— anu ☻ (@anuatluru) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @anuatluru

kevin james meme wearing rewind pendant

— onion (@onnnnnnnion) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @onnnnnnnion

the year is 2027, you’re tired after a long day of work and want to relax. maybe you’ll log on to the metaverse, maybe you’ll see what Netflix’s AI generated content has for you tonight. wait, notification, your rewind pendant caught you saying a Banned Phrase, you’ve been fired

— sophie (@netcapgirl) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @netcapgirl

Snitch, but make it fashion.

— Tales from the Crypti-Calli (@Iwillleavenow) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @Iwillleavenow

You should 1,000,000% be wary of people who claim tech fixes disabilities.

Especially when they’ve never posted about accessibility or disability.

Disabled people are experts at calling bullshit. Listen to us during this AI tech boom.

— Ashlee (@AshleeMBoyer) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @AshleeMBoyer

i would like to announce my new AI wearable for only $27.59

— John Fish (@thejohnfish) October 3, 2023
Twitter: @thejohnfish

We are going to need to pass some new laws to make it illegal to wear these life-recording pendants

This isn’t the world we want to live in — also, you’re gonna get your ass kicked if folks see wearing one of these (check the google glass bar incident)

— @jason (@Jason) October 2, 2023
Twitter: @Jason

i'm buying Tab, Humane, Rewind pendant, apple watch, and whatever thing msft ends up launching so I'll never forget anything ever again.
the infinity stones of AI memory are being built

— Britton Winterrose (@bwinterrose) October 2, 2023
Twitter: @bwinterrose

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