Back to the Future Day: what the film got right about 2015

Nearly 26 years after the second film, how many tech trends did Back to the Future correctly predict?

Nearly 26 years after the second film, how many tech trends did Back to the Future correctly predict?

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From hoverboards to smart-glasses, what was accurately predicted when Back to the Future’s Marty McFly famously landed his time machine in 2015?

October 21, 2015 marks ‘Back to the Future Day’, the date Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doctor ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) landed in the future from the 1980s time-travel film sequel.

In 1989’s Back to the Future Part II sequel to the original 1985 sci-fi comedy classic, time travellers Marty and Doc go forward from to a futuristic 2015.

The exact time that Marty travels in Doc’s flying DeLorean into the future is 4.29pm on October 21, 2015.

Film fans around the world will mark the event which has become known as Back to the Future Day.

And did you know, Elijah Wood, made his film debut in “Back to the Future Part II”?

But what did Back to the Future get right about ‘the future’?:

Hoverboards

Wearable computing

Handheld tablet computers

Voice controlled computing

Drone filming news footage

Wall-mounted widescreen TVs

Video conferencing

Mobile credit card reader

Motion-sensing games controllers

The return of 3D to films

And the characters being consumed with personal electronics...

Sadly, hoverboards, as much as we might want them, haven’t ‘taken off’, yet.

In the film, Marty steals a hoverboard from a small girl on the street. It works everywhere except on water.

In the real 2015, hoverboards have yet to properly appear and the “real” ones only work on magnetic surfaces.

And don’t mention fax machines being the preferred form of communication, flying cars or double ties.