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Freedom in the coffin apartment


He spent most of his life in VR. Came out just to defecate, shave and shower. Then back into the full immersion pod. An escape from the coffin apartment. From the artificial light. 

He whistled as he shaved, looked at himself in the mirror. His real face. Almost a stranger now.

It is like a scene from a science fiction movie. But the world's population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, possibly peaking at nearly 11 billion around 2100.

When virtual reality has developed to the level of being indistinguishable from reality, will people in overcrowded cities choose to spend a large part of their lives in paradise-like environments, away from the teeming masses. A kind of calming therapy for the mind? 

Japanese style coffin apartments may be some way off, but at this time the Swedish powerhouse IKEA is pushing the market towards tiny homes. The goal? So that housing can be environmentally sustainable. 

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