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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Before starring in The Matrix, Keanu Reeves played Johnny Mnemonic in a cyberpunk action thriller of the same name set in 2021. Based on William Gibson’s short story, the title lead has a cybernetic brain implant to store information of nearly 80GB. Around what the average iPhone storage is today, the movie did at least predict cybersecurity struggles in our internet age, the use of VR and even deep fakes.

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In the critically-panned movie, it’s Johnny Mnemonic’s job to transport data via the hard drive in his brain, however, he takes on a client needing space for 320 GB.

As a result, it’s a race against time to deliver and download the data before he dies within days.

Not only this, but the data in question may house the cure to a disease called Nerve Attenuation Syndrome which causes “the black shakes” due to overexposure to electromagnetic radiation from modern technology.

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It’s not coronavirus, but remarkably NAS is presented as a pandemic affecting the world’s population in 2021.

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