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‘Mr. Robot’ Creator on Telling an Authentic Hacking Thriller

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail talks to Fast Company‘s Co.Create about his buzzy new show which seeks to accurately portray the world of cyberhacking while still telling an action-packed, riveting story.

Says Esmail, “The advantage that we have now is 10 years ago when someone would watch a show about hackers, it felt a little too ridiculous. A person behind a keyboard wouldn’t have that much power. But I think now, in today’s context, with it being in the public consciousness now, in the public conversation, it is a legitimate scare. When they see in our show that a guy is able to break into a woman’s phone, they totally buy it because that’s what’s happening in the real world.”