Welcome to the future
October 21, 2015
Thirty years ago today, October 21, 2015, Marty McFly visited the future from 1985. The movie Back to the Future depicted what life would be like in the year 2015. The writers predicted flying cars, hover boards, video calls and even dog walking drones.
Turns out that the Back to the Future’s predictions were not far off from what we have today, other than flying cars. Hoverboards are in development, the Lexus hoverboard is already being advertised in commercials on TV but is still in development as it can only be operated on a magnetic track.
Video calls, however, are accessible with the touch of a button on your cell phone, tablet and computer. Facetime, Skype, Oovoo and Google Hangout are just a few ways you can have a face to face conversation with someone thousands of miles away.
Although dog walking drones are not a part of one’s daily life-yet- aerial drones have become a common accessory for teens in the 21st century. Drones take videos, are used in the military and even deliver mail. Back to the Future also predicted the rise of smart glasses, just like the Google Glass we have today.
“Socially, it wasn’t too far off. People are still ignorant and materialistic as ever,” junior Michael Trainor said.
Technologically, Back to the Future got close on some innovations, but, it also looked at human interactions as technology evolved. The film depicted humans as becoming more narcissistic and materialistic. It predicted people’s obsession with looking younger with its “rejuvenation clinic” which is accurate considering that 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed just last year.
If the writers of Back to the Future were able to predict technological innovations and social changes 30 years in advance, who knows what life will be like on October 21, 2045, 30 years from today?