Dutch 'boffins' have discovered that a common heart medicine might help people suffering from traumatic memories by erasing them from their heads - just like from out of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
Future-seeing movies aren't always accurate (T2? Judgement Day? 1997? No). But, thanks to the joy of hindsight, we can celebrate the stories where sci-fi became sci-reality...
The Film: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
What It Predicted: A memory-washing procedure - created by Dr Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson) and offered by Lacuna, Inc.
Why We Wish It Hadn't Been Right: While the psychological benefits of erasing bad memories are clear, criminal villains could use it for bad things - like making someone do a robbery and then erasing their memory so they don't know anything if they get caught.
And what happens if we miss the bad memories and accidentally erase something essential? The pangs from failed relationships would remain, but we might lose the skill of being able to put trousers on.
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