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I watched a show perhaps 15 years ago wherein each episode depicts a different world, and in each episode the world is fundamentally broken in some way. I remember one episode really clearly:

A man is accused of a crime, and is brought before a computer system that acts as judge, jury, and in this man's case, executioner. He is convicted by the system without being given much opportunity to present his case, and he is brutally killed (I think his head is pulled off or something). But then he becomes part of the computer system. His consciousness is incorporated as one of the many personalities that make up the computer judge, and his voice can act as a voice of reason to hopefully reform the system.

If I remember correctly (though I may be mixing up details from another episode), the man had gone outside after not having seen sunlight for months, maybe years, maybe his entire life, because he'd been of the poor working class stuck working inside an indoor/underground factory.

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    Note on your previous question: you don't need to delete you story id questions and it's even preferable if you don't. We also only close them if both have the same confirmed answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Oct 7, 2020 at 15:08

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I think the show is the serial Masters of Science Fiction. It ran in 2007 and was quite dystopian.

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Each episode was a adaption of a short story by a well known writer, and it was hosted by Stephen Hawking. Somehow this was not enough and it was canceled after its first season of 6 episodes.

The episode you remember was called Little Brother and was adapted from a story with the same name written by Walter Mosley.

The story is about a man that tried to escape from his dystopian world. He is captured and tried by a ruthless computer system with a core that is made from the minds of everyone that has been sentenced to death.

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    That's the one. I've been looking for this for years and that's the one Oct 7, 2020 at 21:05
  • This raises the question of why would you use an AI made of the minds of convicted criminals for your justice system? Imagine if only death-row criminals were allowed on the jury.
    – Omegastick
    Oct 8, 2020 at 17:05
  • Maybe the idea was the people who were sentenced to death wouldn't want that to happen to anyone else? But then why would the AI be "ruthless"? That's probably why it was cancelled lol Oct 8, 2020 at 20:00

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