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Creepy Ways Modern Life has Become Like Science Fiction

Science fiction is only fiction until someone figures out how to make the science a reality, and as scientific technology progresses the sci-fi stories of the past become the strange realities of today.

There are two specific ways in which the now reminds me of the near future in William Gibson's Neuromancer- you can sell your internal organs at will for cash and the "cyber homeless" are now living in internet cafes.

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In Iran it is totally legal to buy and sell kidneys, so people post signs advertising their kidney for sale around major transplant centers in Tehran, including their blood type for a quick match.

Once there's a sale the person visits the chop shop transplant center and the organ is removed and cold, hard rials are acquired.

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The decline of the Japanese middle class has made it hard for men (specifically in their 30s and 50s) to find work, so no work means no home means living in an internet cafe for fifteen bucks a night, which includes a shower and laundry service.

Now that might not sound too bad for fifteen bucks until you consider how tiny the space actually is that they now live in, essentially like living in a closet.

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See 4 Creepy Ways Everyday Life Is Turning Into Sci-Fi at Cracked (NSFW language)


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