2015 Technology That Back to the Future Part II Accurately Predicted
“Where are we? When are we? …2015? You mean we’re in the future?” — Marty McFly (Back to the Future Part II, 1989).
The infamous day that Back to the Future fans have been eagerly anticipating since the movie’s sequel, Back to the Future Part II, premiere in November 1989, has arrived. Today is in fact, Oct. 21, 2015.
Main characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future, Oct. 21, 2015 (to be exact), in the second installment of the popular film series, seeing aspects of the future that the writers, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, dreamed up.
The question remains, are we experiencing today, what Marty McFly experienced in the film?
We’re pretty close.
Although time travel is not possible (…yet), New Yorkers are being offered the opportunity today to experience travel in the DeLorean, the car Doc Brown enhanced with his flux capacitor that allowed McFly and Brown to get to the future, thanks to the ride-share company, Lyft, and Verizon Wireless. By requesting a ride using the Lyft app, New York passengers can take the opportunity to ride in the film’s time machine, but unfortunately, they can only travel to their destination in the present.
Other brands featured in the film, like PepsiCo, are using this day to their advantage. The company is bringing delight to BTTF fans all around, by making “Pepsi Perfect,” the drink Marty McFly is delivered through a tube in the film, available for purchase. The limited edition bottle is being considered a collectible, with only 6,500 bottles in production. Each bottle will cost $20.15, like the year.
More BTTF fun is being brought to the present. Nintendo is bringing the game, Wild Gunman, which McFly plays at an arcade when he arrives in the future, to the Wii U Virtual Console. It will be released Oct. 22, 2015 in Europe.
The long-awaited hoverboards, as shown in the film, are making an appearance. Although, they are not available for sale, the tech company, Arx Pax, is debuting their Hendo Hoverboard 2.0, which uses specialized electromagnets to float over metallic-substrate surfaces. Famous skateboarder, Tony Hawk has been working with the company to improve the second generation, creating a sleeker design with more controllable steering.
The movie predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the 2015 World Series, and that could be a possibility. The Chicago Cubs face the New York Mets Wednesday night in Game Four of the National League Championship Series in an effort to make it to the World Series. The game will be at the Cubs home base, Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Amongst other things, BTTF made some accurate predictions. We now have finger print technology, which is used for technological security purposes as well as entrances into homes. Video calls are a common mode of communication, with Apple’s FaceTime, and Skype. Google Glass makes the movie’s wearable technology presumption real, although Google Glass goes beyond just a way of watching television. Flat screen TVs are an everyday household item, as the movie foresaw, and fax machines are used, but not for everything as the movie forecast, their heyday was more in the early 2000s.
A few other things the movie envisioned perhaps a little too soon in the future, were flying cars, the hologram movie, Jaws 19, and Power Laces, a technology that could tie a person’s laces for them. The fashion forwardness of the film was a bit farfetched, predicting self-drying jackets and sound effect-programmable vests as the trend. Even though these pieces of fashion aren’t in existence today, there are closely related items, like the wicking technology found in most sportswear, and perhaps Nike’s promised kicks featuring auto-tying technology displayed in the movie. Other fashion elements like the bomber jacket style are en vogue today, but in a less technologically advanced form.
“I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.” — Marty McFly (BTTF, 1985)
Despite some visions being off, Back to the Future Part II, got a lot right, and what isn’t available yet will likely be soon further in the future.
In honor of “Back to the Future Day,” select theaters are showing the trilogy Wednesday only. Fans can also get their “BTTF Day” fix, if they are Amazon Prime members, by streaming the three feature films for free.
“Back in Time,” a documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and more, as well as the movies’ soundtracks, was released Wednesday, and the 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray set is now on-sale.