Directly inspired by GITS, scientists in Japan have also built the proper technology for thermoptic camouflage gear that works by bending light around the wearer. It certainly works, but the equipment to make it work is so bulky that it's not worth it... unless maybe it was inside the body.
Dueling Dubs: Well there's the Los Angeles dub for the TV series. The Vancouver (aka the one in BC, Canada) dub is done for the OVA version and the Southeast Asian dub for Southeast Asian countries that aired in Animax at the time (e.g. Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore).
Life Imitates Art: Ghost in the Shell has directly inspired Japanese scientists to develop actual "thermoptic camouflage" cloaking technology (that works by bending light around the wearer) and a functioning Tachikoma prototype (a 4 wheel vehicle with a segmented body that gives a visual feed to the driver through cameras.) Advances in prosthetic limb technology has also advanced significantly over the last few decades.
Screwed by the Network: The show can be considered a victim of this during its run on the revived Toonami, as it was unceremoniously removed from the lineup to make room for InuYasha. Fortunately, the show's removal was only temporary, and is currently back on the schedule on a much earlier time.