Movies that are set in the future almost always predict the same things; flying cars, teleportation, shiny silver jumpsuits with a big blue stripe … but few paint a picture of the future that’s actually accurate. Amazingly though, Robert Zemeckis’ Back to The Future 2, which was filmed back in 1989 where Marty McFly flies 26 years into the future – October 21st, 2015 to be exact – was bang-on about many of the technologies we’d be enjoying today. So let’s take a look at was predicted, and marvel at the crystal ball’idness of one of the 80’s best futuristic movies.
One of the coolest scenes in Back to The Future 2 is by far when Marty McFly skates on his hoverboard for the first time. Are you wondering what this has to do with a prediction as no one’s rockin’ a hoverboard these days? Well, no one is no longer true as a company called Hendo Hover has teamed up with lengendary skater Tony Hawk to produced a working prototype. How does it hover you say? It works by creating opposing magnetic field in the metal deep below the sidewalks, which allow it to levitate above the ground.
Remember the scene where Marty puts on his self-lacing Nikes? Nike sure does, as it was a marketers dream plug to be featured in such a Hollywood blockbuster. Since stealing the scene, Nike has produced the same shoes – minus the self lacing part – while a company called Powerlace fills in the plus. They’re a Canadian company that just met their target on Kickstarter, and are currently in the research and development phase of bringing to market shoes that’ll do the lacing for you.
Video Calls & Flat Screen TV
You think that by watching the scene where McFly junior is talking to his boss via teleconference on a flat screen TV, that the film was filmed today, and not in 1989. I mean, how accurate. All the producers missed was the Skype and Facetime interfaces, and you’d never know the difference in the two and a half decades that separate the film from today.
TV / Phone Glasses
There’s a scene in the film where one of the characters is sitting at the dinner table while talking on the phone and watching her TV at the same time through her glasses. Google Glasses, anyone? What’s even more accurate is how the film depicted what it’s like to have dinner in 2016, what with everyone not paying attention to each other because they’re on their devices and all.
Other than Steve Jobs, it appears director Robert Zemeckis was the only one thinking of tablets back in 1989. For in a scene where Marty is asked by some old guy to save the clock tower, he has to digitally petition on what looks like a thicker version of the iPad.
Wireless Video Games
Remember the scene where Marty pops into a diner, sees some kids playing some old school arcade machine and tries to show them how it’s done – only to have one of the kids rebuke his offer by saying “games where you have to use your hands are stupid anyway”. Jeez, the spoiled brat must have an Xbox Kinetic at home – the one machine where you have to use your whole body to play.
3D Movies & Sequels
Last we have the scene where Marty is standing in front of a theater where Jaws 19 is playing – in 3D no less. Ok, ok, so Jaws never made it to 19, thankfully, but the film was bang-on about our obsession with sequels – and of course – seeing them in 3D.
Huh, flying cars? There’s no flying cars yet, so whatever are we talking about? No you’re right. Just like every other film based in the future, Back to The Future was no exception in predicting flying cars. So they were wrong. But, not entirely – just a little early as companies such as Terrafugia and Aeromobil are currently working on cars that don’t hover or take off from the street and fly, but are more of a car meets plane prototype. So close, but no cigar Back to The Future on this one.