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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Ten sci-fi predictions that came true by 2010

By Hayley Tsukayama

On Monday, Wired's GeekDad columnist Jason Cranford Teague posted a list of the 10 things that sci-fi promised us would happen by 2010...and didn't.  

Now he's followed that list up with 10 things that futuristic fiction did get right. Some of his items are a stretch, such as alien life, which he justifies by bringing up the recent controversial discovery of arsenic-based bacteria in California's Mono Lake.  But others he mentions -- video phones, 3D televisions and walk-through X-ray machines -- are undeniably a part of modern society.

On a darker note, Teague also says that, as George Orwell predicted in his book "1984," Big Brother is certainly watching. "Whether it's an old lady in the UK throwing cats into trashcans or the broken condoms of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange," Teague writes, "we are all now up in each others' business to an unprecedented degree. And these people are all publicly taken to their own virtual Room 101 to repent their actions."

Are there sci-fi literary predictions that you think came true?  What parts of modern society give you a feeling of deja vu?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 31, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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