On October 26 1985, Doc Brown and his underage sidekick, Marty McFly travel to the future in a Delorean generated by 1.21 jigawatts of power arriving in their hometown of Hill Valley on October 21, 2015. The future that they arrived in was full of flying cars and technology beyond viewer’s wildest imaginations. In 1985, there was no World Wide Web. There were no laptops, no wifi, no smartphones, no iPads and no iPods. CD’s weren't even a household item yet. So when viewers saw the future that Back To The Future II promised, it was an overnight cultural phenomenon. It might have only been a 25 year time difference (part II was released in 1989), but 2015 felt like an entire lifetime away for most fans. Ten year old kids around the world marked their mental calendars for the day when they would have their very own hoverboard
2015 is now officially less than a year away. Over the past quarter of a century, the world has witnessed some of the most rapid advancements in human history. Advancements so big, they make some of the technology in Back To The Future's foresight seem juvenile. But upon a modern viewing of the cult classic, it’s remarkable to see just how much Back To The Future II got right about technology today. We might not be looking at flying cars or hoverboards before next year, but the writers were still able to predict the future with alarming accuracy. Find out what 10 things they got right.
10 Miami Gets A Baseball Team
9 3D Movies And Sequels
8 Wireless Tablets And Finger Print Technology
When Marty is approached in the future to help save the clock tower, the man is holding a flat, wireless tablet on which he can take Marty's donation by registering his thumbprint on the screen. iPads paved the way for the craze of tablets and many Apple devices, among others, have fingerprint technology now. So, this prediction might be one that most viewers easily glance over, but it's definitely notable.
7 Antique Swipe Phones
In the window of the antique store, where Marty buys the almanac that sends him back into the past, all over sits a handful of items that the writers of the movie assumed would be ancient technology by 2015’s standards. The Macintosh and JVC tube television aren’t really that impressive, simply because they were already prevalent during the 80’s, so that would make it a little easier to predict. Check out the Magnavox box in the middle of the display that looks shockingly similar to swipe phones that were popular around 2008 (like the Sidekick). Cell phones were barely even marketable in 1989. The fact that they could not only predict such an advanced phone by 1980's standards, but to make that version considered an antique is highly impressive.
6 Compost Fuel
5 Flat Widescreen Wall Mounted TVs
4 Handless Video Games
While at the 80's Café, which features both popular and not-so-popular memorabilia from the 1980s, Mary notices a couple of kids trying to figure out how to play the dated arcade game, Wild Gunman. Marty steps up to the game, grabs a gun, and says “I’ll show ya, kid. I’m a crack shot at this,” proudly showing off his skills. But the kids scowl at the game and say, “You mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!” Thanks to video game technology like Kinnect, controllers are becoming a thing of the past. A far cry from the days when everyone had to sit within two feet of the TV or risk ripping the controller out of the console by the cord.
3 Video Chatting
2 Power Laces
Most people argue that one of the things that was way off in Back To The Future II is that everyone seems to dress like a mental patient. From Biff’s tin helmet, to Marty’s sleeves that don’t fit, to the double neck-tie that luckily hasn’t caught on, the fashion in the film definitely did not live up to the test of time. But one thing did: those awesome power laces.
1 Google Glass
Marty’s kids might have been a little on the strange side, but they definitely stayed in touch with the times. Their computerized glasses strongly resemble the current wearable technology of Google Glass, which hasn’t seemed to really catch on just yet, but is still making a buzz across the tech world.
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