Great Scott Marty, the future is now! Today marks the day that the world witnessed Doc Brown and Marty Mcfly visit in Back to the Future II (October 21st, 2015). So on this “Back to the Future Day” we are going to analyze the Back to the Future predictions that were made in the Robert Zemeckis culturally iconic film.
At some point in life, every man has dreamed of owning his own Delorean. Unless you were fortunate enough to buy a new model before they ended production in 1983 or have found a used model the childhood dream might stop there. Much like the idea that the Delorean would be a popular automotive option, the prediction that we would be traveling with flying cars is unfortunately still a thing of science fiction (For now).
I’m pretty sure that when I was in middle school there was a kid on the bus who convinced us all that hover boards were a real thing; in fact I think everyone knew “that kid”. While companies like Hendo have played the role of pioneering the technology needed to make this a reality, we are still a ways away from a hover board that doesn’t require a specific platform to float like they did in the movie.
3-D Hologram Jaws 19
The idea of a Jaws franchise that continued on past Jaws: The Revenge might scare any movie fan who is tired of played out movie franchises, let alone the fact that the franchise would be taken over by Steven Spielberg’s son Max Spielberg is a thing of far stretched imagination. If you were fortunate/unfortunate enough to witness Jaws 3D, which was released in 1983 then that might be the closest this prediction ever got. The idea that hologram 3-D movies were going to be the rage is not that far off from the real d 3D technology that it seems every movie comes out with as an option for better or for worse. Insert Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D Joke Here!
Simply put Face-time and Skype…. Enough Said!
The world is connected like no other time in history, with the invention of the internet (Thanks, Al Gore!) we have the ability to stay in constant contact with one another at all times. Email and social media have made fax machines go the way of the dinosaur for the most part! So the idea that fax machines would still be a prevalent form of communication while not completely wrong because they are still utilized in a small margin debunks this prediction.
If you have ever seen Doomsday Preppers or know an end of the world fanatic, then the idea of dehydrated food is certainly a reality. However, the idea of putting a small pod like a pizza into your Black and Decker Hydrated for 3 seconds to get a pizza isn’t exactly a reality. It looks like the only comparable option to get a pizza made that quick is to grab a Hot’ N Ready Pizza from Little Caesars.
In 2011 Nike released the Nike Mag, which was a “Self-lacing” shoe, it was more or less created as a novelty and there have been rumors of them rereleasing the shoe in October of this year to commemorate back to the future day. The fact that this shoe was created simply to capitalize on the marketing opportunity doesn’t necessarily make this a prediction that has much relevance to the world we live in today.
Chicago Cubs win the World Series
As a diehard Mets fan, I, for one am hoping that this prediction is busted, but the fact that the Cubs will still be playing for a chance to play in the world series this year does bring a sense of ‘is this more than coincidence to the table’. With the Mets leading the Cubs 3-0 in the series, Back to the future day might play the backdrop for this prediction to be busted tonight when the Mets look to wrap up the series. All in all though its pretty cool that they are still playing late in October along side this prediction!
Ask anyone who has an iPhone 5 or newer and they will gladly tell you how much they love the fingerprint scanner on their phone, which allows them to lock and activate their phone. Apple has also introduced this technology into Apple Pay, which allows the user to set up their account and make purchases simply by applying their fingerprint to their phone. I think this one is one of those “The future is now” predictions!
While we haven’t gotten to a point where we are seeing unmanned drones with video cameras showing up on the scene in place of news vans, the introduction of drones has become a pretty common occurrence. Now just about anyone can go out and purchase a drone and record aerial shots. The arrival of drones makes this a prediction come true; although in the context of them being a “one man news crew” not so much!
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